Monday, April 3, 2017

3 Ingredient Beef Roast Recipe

Do you and your family love beef roast? A big beef roast has been a traditional Sunday dinner for decades and with good reason. It's something that you can cook all day long while you're spending time with your family. Yet, you still get to serve your family a delicious meal. I made this recipe on my YouTube channel and wanted to share the recipe here. This recipe has been made since the 1950s or 60s and is so, so good. It's also a great dinner to make for your boyfriend or husband, because it's a true man pleaser.

3 Ingredient Beef Roast Recipe AKA Man Pleaser Roast

1 packet of onion soup mix
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
Sirloin, bottom round, or top round roast large enough to feed your family

1. Place the roast in a oven-safe glass pan.
2. Mix the onion soup mix with the cream of mushroom soup and spread it over the roast.
3. Cover the pan in aluminum foil to create a tight seal.
4. Bake at 250 degrees for 8 hours.

 

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

How to Save Money on Appliances

Whether you're buying a new home or just want to upgrade your old appliances, you may be tempted to rush out and buy the first pretty stove or fridge that catches your eye. This is a big mistake. Not only will this cost you a lot money, but you could end up with a dud. Remember, looks aren't everything. There are some things you need to consider. Let's take a closer look at how to save money on appliances.

Think About the Features You Really Need

First things first. For each appliance you're looking to purchase, think about the features you need. For example, you may want an ice maker, but do you really need a TV screen in your refrigerator? Large appliances now come with so many different features that it can be overwhelming. Make a list of what you're looking for in each appliance so that you don't get suckered into a purchase you later regret.

Set a Budget

Now that you know what you want from your appliances, you need to set a realistic budget. Not only does it need to be realistic for the amount of appliances you need to purchase, but for what you can actually afford. Set an overall budget for all the appliances you want to buy and then set a rough estimate for each appliance. You may go over on some purchases, but but under on others. As long as you don't exceed your overall budget, you're good to go.

Read Reviews

Nothing is worse that buying an appliance and then discovering that it's a piece of crap. Take the time to read as many reviews as you can. Companies like Lowes and Home Depot have review sections on each of their products. Read the 5-star reviews as well as the 1-star reviews to get an idea of whether or not it's a good purchase. Also pay close attention to how long the person has actually had the appliance. If someone just purchased the appliance, it may work beautifully, but 5 months down the road, it may start having issues.

Consider Buying Used

Don't be afraid to purchase used appliances. Some people update their appliances every couple of years. This means you can find appliances in really good condition for a fraction of what you would pay for new. Obviously, you want to clean the appliance really well before using. You also want to test it before handing over your cold hard cash.

Look for the Scratch and Dent Clearance Section

In stores like Lowes, Sears, and Home Depot, you can find sections that include scratch and dent appliances that are on clearance. This can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars. It's not uncommon to find an awesome refrigerator on clearance because it has a scratch on the side. That scratch, which can be covered with a magnet or your child's artwork, can save you hundreds of dollars. There's only one thing to keep in mind. If the store is currently having a sale, the new, unscratched model may be cheaper. If so, haggle on the scratched one to get it even cheaper.

Keep Your Eyes Open for Great Sales

Home improvement stores are always having sales on appliances. It might be 20% off or buy an appliance and get a $500 rebate. Sometimes you can find sales that reduce the cost of an appliance by hundreds to thousands of dollars. If you simply have to have a fridge with a built-in TV screen, wait until there's a really good sale. You can usually find amazing deals at the end of the year as stores scramble to get rid of the "old" models and make room for the new.

Bundle

Last, but not least, if you want to purchase new appliances, bundle them. The more appliances you're willing to bundle together, the more of a discount stores are willing to give. All you have to do is ask. Believe it or not, you can haggle in stores like Lowes and Home Depot. Sometimes they even have bundle discount sales going on. Don't be afraid to haggle your way to a good deal.

Appliances are one of the most expensive things you'll purchase for your home. However, there are so many great ways to save money. Do you have any great tips? Leave a comment below. Also, be sure to visit by YouTube channel for more great ways to save money.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

How to Prepare for Black Friday Shopping

Before you know it, you'll be jumping out of bed at 4am and rushing off to Black Friday sales. But, will you be fully prepared? Have you made your list and checked it twice? Do you know which store has the best deals? Before rushing out the door, make sure you have taken time to prepare for your Black Friday shopping experience.

Make a List

The first thing you need to do in order to prepare for Black Friday shopping is to make a list. You may think that you're only going for a few items, but once you get in the store, with all the madness, it's easy to forget everything you went in there for. Also a list helps you decide which stores are worth going to and which stores have the best prices.

Decide Who's Buying What

Another way to prepare for Black Friday shopping is to decide who's going to each store. This really does help to ensure that you get the best price possible. That way, you can be at one store buying a laptop, while your partner is buying a TV at another store.

Make a Shopping Plan

If you want to truly prepare for Black Friday shopping, it helps to scout out the stores you'll be shopping at. For example, Walmart usually has their Black Friday items out a few days before the sale actually takes place. Go through the store and get an idea of where the items will be placed. Then when the big day comes you'll be able to rush through and grab the items on your list.

Get In Bed Early Or......
 
If you want to make sure you get to the Black Friday sales on time, be sure to go to bed early. Getting up at 4am on a cold November morning is never easy, especially if you stayed up late. Of course, there's always another option.

Stay Up All Night

You can always stay up all night and then hit the Black Friday sales. This may actually be easier than trying to get up early. Get hopped up on caffeine and you'll be able to maneuver your way through the store faster than many people who got up at 4am. Just grab a few hours of sleep after your Thanksgiving dinner and you'll be able to get up around 12am or so.

Eat a Large Breakfast
 
If you plan on hitting several stores, you will want to prepare for this by eating a large breakfast. A large breakfast will keep your energy up and keep you from having to stop in the middle of your shopping to grab a bite to eat.

Dress Comfortably

Black Friday is not a time to wear high heels and look your best. It's a time to get your game face and game clothes on. If you want to prepare for a comfortable Black Friday shopping experience, put on a sweatshirt and some sweatpants. You'll be more comfortable and able to beat high heel wearing women to the last great deal.

Arrive Before the Store Opens

One thing you must do in order to prepare for Black Friday shopping is to arrive before the store opens. This ensures that you'll have a better chance of getting some of the best deals. Remember, lines will form for certain items and if you're not there when the store opens you may miss out on that item.

Get In Line ASAP

As soon as those doors open find the spot where the line begins, for laptops and other great deals, and stay there. Also be prepared to stand your ground. Some shoppers don't want to play fair and may try to jump in front of you.

Get Home In Time to Shop Online

Last, but not least, plan to get home in time to take advantage of great online deals. Black Friday is no longer reserved for in store events. Many stores now have deals available online as well.

What's your favorite tip for preparing for Black Friday shopping? Leave a comment below.

Monday, November 7, 2016

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving on a Budget

Thanksgiving can be quite expensive. You have to buy the turkey, ingredients for various recipes, decorations, a centerpiece, drinks, and so much more. It can be overwhelming if you're on a budget. So how do you handle it? How do you stretch your budget enough to take care of Thanksgiving? Well, it's easy. There are several ways you can have a wonderful Thanksgiving on a budget.

1. Grab a free turkey.

No, I don't mean shove a turkey under your shirt and rush for the grocery store door. You could get frostbite that way. Seriously, several stores have promotions going on, during Thanksgiving, where you can get a free turkey just by doing what you do every week, grocery shopping. Many stores will have a set limit that you have to spend each week, for so many weeks. Check all the stores in your area because some stores will require you to spend more money than others.

2. Look for buy one, get one free sales.

Let's face it, the ingredients you need to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner can really eat a hole in your budget. The good thing is, there are usually buy one get one free sales to save your budget, during Thanksgiving. A good tip, if your store allows it, is to only buy one item (unless you need two) and if you're a coupon clipper, use those coupons. Sometimes you can get free items this way.

3. Buy a whole turkey rather than a turkey breast.

At Thanksgiving, it really makes sense to buy a whole turkey if you're on a budget. The price of turkeys falls to around $0.39 a pound during Thanksgiving. It's actually cheaper to buy the whole turkey and throw the rest of the turkey away than it is to buy a turkey breast.

4. Use your own dishes rather than using paper or foam dishes.

This is an easy way to stay on budget. It may mean more cleanup afterwards, but do you really need to spend $3-4 on paper or foam plates? Using your own dishes will mean having a bigger budget for desserts or other side dishes.

5. Provide drinks that can be made by the gallon.

Instead of serving pop or wine this Thanksgiving, do something a little more budget friendly; serve tea, coffee, Kool-Aid for the kids, lemonade, etc. This will really help your budget. Also remember to have cold water in the fridge for those who prefer plain water to drink.

6. Buy Stove Top rather than making homemade dressing.

Homemade dressing can be really delicious, but it can be hard on the budget. This Thanksgiving serve Stove Top instead. Stove Top can usually be found for $0.99 or less during the Thanksgiving holiday. This is really easy on your budget.

7. Make your own rolls.

Buying rolls at the store is crazy, when you can make homemade rolls for literally pennies. Making homemade rolls can be really easy if you have the right recipe. Check the internet for easy roll recipes; some don't even require being kneading.

8. Skip the centerpiece.

How many of your family members actually pay attention to the centerpiece anyway? Plus a centerpiece often limits conversation. People do not want to talk over a bunch of flowers coming out of turkey's butt. Seriously, this is a waste of your budget.

9. Make your own decorations.

Thanksgiving decorations have become really popular. Instead spending part of your budget on decoration from the store, buy supplies to make your own. This can be really fun for the kids. Have them make an outline of their hand on construction paper and then cut it out. Turn their thumb into the turkey's head and then the fingers into the turkey's tail. Give them crayons to decorate their turkey.

10. Forget about catering.

If you are on a budget, do not even think about having your Thanksgiving dinner catered. This is a waste of your budget, plus these foods are rushed and never as good as homemade.


I hope these tips help you to have a wonderful Thanksgiving on a budget. It can be done and you'll still have lots of yummy food to eat. Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Grocery Shopping on a Budget - 10 Tips to Save You Money

Do you find yourself spending more and more money on groceries? It's not uncommon for a family of four to spend $250 or more each week. If you're on a limited income, this can cause a strain in your budget. Thankfully, there are ways to save money. Let's take a closer look at grocery shopping on a budget.

#1: Check for Mark Downs

When grocery shopping on a budget, it's important to look for mark downs throughout your store. For example, many stores will mark down the price of meat when it's about to expire. Depending on your store, this may happen right before meat expires or it may happen a few days before it expires. Either way, this is a great way to stretch your budget. When you get home, place any meat that you won't be using that day in the freezer so that it last longer.

#2: Look for Grocery Outlets

Grocery outlets are a wonderful place to do your grocery shopping when you're on a budget. These outlet stores offer amazing prices. For example, you'll be able to find canned goods at a fraction of the cost that regular stores charge. These outlets are not just damaged goods either. In fact, the right outlet will contain very few damaged products.
  
#3: Look for Meat Substitutes

Unless you find meat that's been marked down or on sale, it can be an expensive purchase. If there isn't any meat on sale that week, why not try substituting meat with mushrooms? Portobello mushrooms not only taste meaty when seasoned correctly, but have a similar texture as well.

#4: Be Creative

When grocery shopping on a budget it's important to be creative. For example, if you find a great sale on chicken thighs, think of different ways to use them throughout the week. You could make barbecued chicken, chicken and dumplings, or even fried chicken. This allows you to serve chicken all week, without having your family get bored.

#5: Look for the Best Prices

Before choosing a grocery store, look at the prices at different stores. When you're grocery shopping on a budget you may have to visit a few stores to get the best prices. For example, one store may have a great deal on meat, while another store has the best prices on everything else you need.

#6: Buy in Bulk

Nine times out of ten, buying in bulk will save you money. When you do your grocery shopping check the sales tags for the price per ounce. More times than not, larger containers will have a cheaper price per ounce than smaller containers. But remember, it's only a good deal if you will use that much before it goes bad.

#7: Try Store Brand Products

Don't be afraid to try store brands when you're on a budget. Store brands can be just as tasty as name brand products. For example, Walmart brand flavored rice is actually better than Rice-a-Roni. Buy one at a time and see what you think. You may find products you like better than the brand name versions.

#8: Avoid Convenience Foods

Avoid convenience foods whenever possible. These foods not only cost a lot, but they're rarely healthy. Instead, make foods from scratch. This is very budget friendly. Many dishes can be made at home for a small fraction of what they cost in the store.

#9: Use a Savings Card

If your store offers a savings card, you really should sign up for it. If you don't, you won't be able to take advantage of the sales located throughout the store. Also many stores offer promotions to their customers. For example, you may receive coupons in the mail or you may even be able to sign up for promotions on the store's website.

#10: Use Coupons

If you're on a budget, coupons are your best friend. Coupons will allow you to save hundreds to thousands of dollars throughout the year. You will also be able to buy your favorite products more often. Some of the best places to find coupons is in the Sunday paper, through Coupons.com, or on Coupon Flea Market.

Grocery shopping on a budget doesn't mean you have to feed you have to feel the strain. There are ways to save money.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How to Get Coupons Without Buying a Sunday Paper

There are a number of reasons why you might not want to buy a Sunday paper. First of all, Sunday papers are expensive. Whether you're paying $1 or $2 per paper, the costs can really add up, especially if you purchase multiple papers per week. Another reason is all the waste you end up with. Unless you're doing crafts or lining a bird cage, you'll have a lot of papers to recycle. The good news is there are so many other ways to get coupons. Let's take a closer look.

Ask Friends and Family for Coupons

I remember when I first started couponing seriously. I was a broke, unemployed college student. Thankfully, I had a great neighbor who gave me her coupon inserts each Sunday. She never clipped coupons so it worked out for both of us. Less trash for her and money saving coupons for me. Ask your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors if you can have their coupon inserts. Even if they clip a few coupons from the inserts, you may still find some useful coupons.

Visit Recycling Centers

I'm still kicking myself over this, but I once saw a paper carrier dumping all their Sunday papers into the recycling bin. I should have stopped and spoke with the guy. Not only may I have walked away with several papers that week, but I may have been able to meet up with him each week. I know that some people dig through the paper bins to find coupon inserts. I've never done this, but you could find thousands of dollars worth of coupons this way.

Sign Up for Newsletters

Many companies have online websites where you can sign up for newsletters and get coupons. Not only is this a great way to save on groceries and household items, but you can also save money at restaurants. Just follow your favorite coupons.

Check Websites for Coupons

While you're signing up for newsletters, see if the companies have any coupons on their site. Some companies, such as Betty Crocker, have a coupon section. All you need to do is register with the site and print the coupons you want.

Connect with Companies

Another great tip is to connect with companies on Facebook. Some companies have exclusive coupons for people that Like their page. Follow all the companies you love so you never miss a coupon. You should also contact any companies you love to tell them how much you like their product and request coupons.

Check Stores

Sometimes you can find coupons on the shelf under the product you're buying. This is a great way to save money while you're shopping. However, you never want to grab all the coupons. Only grab what you'll need and use.

Use Loyalty Cards

When you use loyalty cards, coupons will often print out when you check out. In some cases, you may receive coupons that are personalized to your purchases. This is a great way to get coupons you'll actually use.

Print Coupons

Coupons.com is a great place to print coupons. You can print two of each coupon. Be sure to check the site regularly as new coupons are added on a regular basis. You will need to install drivers on your computer so be sure to read the fine print.

Clip to Click Digital Coupons

Last, but not least, clip digital coupons to your loyalty card or account. Stores like Walgreens, Dollar General, and other major retail chains have online accounts where you can clip digital coupons. Not only is this an easy way to get coupons, but you don't have to keep up with your coupons, which is also great.

While the money you invest in coupons usually comes back to you in the amount of money you'll save, buying Sunday papers can still be costly. The good news is you can find coupons in so many different places. What's your favorite way to get coupons? Share your tips below.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Dollar Tree Love and Hate 7-27-2016

A Girl Being Frugal is now on YouTube! In this first video I discuss two Dollar Tree items - Stars and Strips Lemon Lime Soda and an LED light that looks like a light switch. Which one do I love? Which one do I hate? You'll have to watch the video to find out. Tomorrow, I'll be featuring a cooking video so stay tuned.

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