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TOP CHEAP EATS!

Besides basic bills and the mortgage, my most costly expense is definitely food. I’ve been asked several times to do a post on my top ‘cheap eats’ – so here you go! Enjoy, and remember, cheap does NOT have to mean fast food!

1. EGGS – eggs, eggs, eggs. I cannot stress enough how inexpensive (even buying organic) eggs are while still being incredibly easy to make AND make a variety of recipes with. Hard boiled eggs? Easy breakfast, egg salad. An omelette? Make it for breakfast or dinner, throw in the kitchen sink. Poach an egg? Throw it in ramen, top a boring salad, eggs benedict. Scramble some up, make a sandwich, a wrap. Anything – my absolute favorite!

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Eggs

2. RICE & BEANS – super easy, super filling. Buy either in bulk to save extra, canned beans work just as well. Throw them together and throw in anything else you may have, leftover meat or fish, some spices, peppers, onions, tomatoes – sky is the limit.

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Rice and Beans

3. BAKED POTATOES – russet or sweet, these are extremely low cost – microwave or roast these in the oven, split open, and go to town. I generally keep frozen veggies on hand – broccoli and cheese is a favorite. Throw in some beans for a more protein packed meal. Go to town on this, the world is your oyster.

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Baked Potato

4. TUNA – maybe we all aren’t tuna people, but I sure am. I absolutely love tuna – top a boring salad with it, throw it on some toasted bread or a wrap, etc. My guiltiest (yet still cheapest) pleasure is tuna noodles. Boil some noodles (whole wheat for some extra health), add a can of cream of mushroom soup, a little bit of cheese, tuna, salt + pepper. Thank me later.

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Tuna

5. LENTILS – similar to dried beans, you can buy lentils in bulk and save a ton of money. Lentil soup is one of my cheapest cost meals and lasts me almost an entire week sometimes. Here’s my favorite recipe from my favorite, Ina Garten: Ina Garten’s Lentil Soup

Lentils

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6. ROTISSERIE CHICKEN – though maybe one chicken won’t feed your entire family – you can do a TON with one rotisserie chicken and stretch it’s limits (not to mention, you don’t have to cook the chicken! Major time saver). Pull all the meat from the bones and make individual pot pies or a casserole. My favorite (surprise, surprise) – rotisserie chicken noodle soup. Couldn’t be easier – some onions, carrots, and celery + broth + noodles + spices and you are good to go. Done! Anything leftover? Make chicken salad for lunch tomorrow.

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Rotisserie Chicken

7. PASTA – I know, I’m treading on the edge of unhealthy here – BUT, pasta is possible to do healthy too. Whole wheat noodles? Frozen shrimp? Ground turkey? Frozen veggies? My favorite? Pasta salad. EEEEEE.

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Pasta

8. CORN – I know this isn’t a full ‘meal’ – but corn is SHOCKINGLY inexpensive, and perfect in the summertime. Grab some fresh corn on the cob and grill, boil, or bake for the perfect side dish. Go traditional and add butter, salt + pepper, or mix things up! Mexican corn is one of my new favorites.

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Corn

What’s the Deal w/ Ebates?

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Ebates

I’ve been hearing more and more people trying to sell me on Ebates recently – today was my day to investigate what’s up with this site! Is it legitimate? Is it real? Frankly, it sounded just a liiiittle bit too good to be true in my opinion.

Here’s what I found:

  • Joining: Upon signing up for Ebates,  you get an immediate $10 Welcome Bonus or a $10 Walmart Gift Card – no gimmicks.
  • Once you join, you can search and find any store you’d normally shop at. The selection is incredible – I honestly couldn’t find a place I’d typically shop at NOT within their selection. Some of these even count for DOUBLE cash back stores. Here’s some that are particularly big names, but the selection is incredibly vast, so please take a look for yourself: Amazon, Macy’s, QVC, Nordstrom, Ebay, Gap….
  • Check Ebates for additional coupons before you start shopping to discount your purchases even more. If there’s nothing, don’t worry – just shop normally via their links.
  • Once you place an order on one of these sites, CashBack is added to your Ebates account

THAT’S REALLY IT. IT IS THAT EASY. We all online shop, so we might as well make some of our money back while we do so. I have 2 friends that have made $50+! Better catch up….I’m sold.

Free Hellmann’s® All-New Stick Pack

I’m not going to go ahead and say that I am one of those people who hate mayonnaise (I legitimately know a guy who is so appalled by it that he said he wouldn’t stick his hand in a jar of mayo for a million dollars), BUT I certainly am continually annoyed packing making sandwiches for lunchboxes as the mayonnaise jar gets down to the bottom – scraping the bottom – mayo all over. Just as bad – trying to open a single serve packet and it spraying everywhere.

Looks like Hellmann’s® has figured it out with their all-new, easy to use Stick Pack.

Check out the video here:

Not only this, but they’re really pumping the new product by giving out free samples to prove that there’s no waste, no mess, when using it.

I’m going to check it out – if nothing else, this is a great way to pack lunches and make sure that sandwiches don’t get soggy waiting until lunchtime!

Hellmann’s® Stick Pack

#PrimeDayFail

There’s a few gems at Amazon Prime Day, but there’s quite the backlash occurring in the Twittersphere.

Here’s some of my personal favorite gripes for #PrimeDayFail:

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#PrimeDayFail 5

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#PrimeDayFail 6

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#PrimeDayFail 11

Happy Laughing!

Umm…Amazon Prime Day?!

Why is today the first time I have heard about this?! Amazon Prime Day has officially started TODAY, July 15, 2015.

First and foremost, let’s talk Amazon Prime – is it worth it? $100 a year for the following:

  • FREE two-day shipping for eligible purchases (most things I’ve ever needed)
  • Unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video
  • Ability to borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

If you use Amazon enough (I sure do – anything from wedding and baby registries to dog food to household needs I will purchase via Amazon) – the free shipping enough will pay for itself and more – I can’t back this enough.

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Amazon Prime

Moving on, today I heard, for the first time, about Amazon Prime DAY. UMM WHAT.

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Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime day is the site’s way of premiering what they say are ‘more deals than Black Friday’ – exclusively for prime members. NBC News did some digging and highlighted the best savings so far – I certainly urge you to take a look – get ahead on holiday shopping, find convenient discounted birthday gifts, or hey, treat yourself!

Some really solid deals for all types of audiences. To read more, check out the full article here: Amazon Prime Day Highlights

Pro Tip: If you aren’t an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up for a FREE 30 Day Trial – that’d qualify you for the Prime Day eligibility. BUT – do NOT forget to unsubscribe if you aren’t feeling it – after 30 days you’ll get charged for the full year! Tread with caution 🙂

Stay Healthy This Summer!

During my commute this morning – coughs.

Walking into my office this morning? Sneezing and common colds.

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Free Sample of Emergen-C!

Who knew how common getting sick during the summertime was? I’ve got way too many upcoming events to deal with that sort of bump in the road for me, my husband, or any of my kids – what a hassle.

Call me crazy, but I’m a firm believer in Emergen-C and boosting vitamin C intake as a means to stay healthy and ward off such inconveniences. When I was browsing around to order a case of the most appealing flavor, I found an awesome deal. Looks like all you need to do is sign up and take a brief consumer survey and they’ll send you at least 1 free sample. Why not, right?

Free Emergen-C Sample!

My Starbucks Rewards

My Starbucks Rewards, aka, my lifeblood.

As much as I try to make my own coffee at home, a Starbucks coffee on the go is both unavoidable and unrivaled! All you have to do is register a gift card (who doesn’t have these lying around from holiday stocking stuffers?) and earn a ‘star’ per purchase. You can achieve different levels depending on your frequency of purchase, but every 5 stars = free refills, and after 30 stars, every 12 stars =1 free drink or food item. Not a shabby deal if you are a frequent Starbucks drinker.

My favorite part of the reward program? A free drink of ANY SIZE or a food item during your birthday month! Pretty great, and I’ve used it for two years straight now!

They also send you deals throughout the month – BOGOs, special deals for special times, etc. available only to rewards programs users. VIP Status!

Download the app today – why not?

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MyStarbucksRewards

Apple: Starbucks for iPhone

Android: Starbucks for Android