Friday, December 3, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Visit CSN Stores for all your holiday shopping this season. They offer free shipping on tons of different items and they have a price guarantee. If you see any particular item on a different site for less (including shipping), email them using the special link and get a special code for the lower price! I love that!
Stay tuned for my review.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Recently I had NYSERTA come in and do some energy saving things in my home. This was a free service to us because we received HEAP last year to help pay for our heating bill. I feel like I basically know what it takes to cut down on my energy bill but they did give me some interesting information as far as putting numbers into the equation. It costs, on average, .17 per hour to run your electric dryer! WOW! With the amount of laundry I do, that adds up very quickly. I'm guilty of being very lazy in this area. I do have a clothes line outside but really, I can only use it in the spring and summer. I have a retractable clothes line in my bedroom but that holds like 1/4 of a load! I honestly don't have room for those wooden drying racks so other than the dryer, what's a family to do? I'm thinking of hanging another indoor line and at least hang half of each load. I also learned that you use more energy using a dryer if you aren't cleaning the lint filter after every use. Obviously, it runs longer if the lint filter is clogged.
They also changed 16 light bulbs to the super energy efficient compact florescent bulbs. They produce the same amount of light and use a whopping 75% less energy than a regular bulb. Over the life of one CFL (compact florescent light bulb) you can save up to $70! Multiply that times every light bulb in your house and that's a decent amount of money back in your pocket!
So here are some frightening numbers for you as far as average costs to run different things around your house. The numbers are based on NY State average electricity cost of .16/Kwh. Appliances obviously vary so these are ballpark estimates.
42" HDTV: 6 hours per day = $7.01/month
Radio: 6 hours per day = $1.44/month (listen to the radio for that "white noise" instead of the TV!)
Computer: 6 hours per day = $7.82/month
Fish Tanks: $14.03/month
Swimming Pool Pump: 12 hours per day = $150.69/month!! My brochure says we run these much longer than needed and suggests a timer.
Did you know that you can lower your heating bill by 1% for EVERY DEGREE you lower the thermostat for an 8 hour period! Hello!! Get some extra blankets and turn that heat down at night! This is the example given:
Lowering your thermostat from 70 to 68 for a 24 hour period saves 6%
Lowering your thermostat from 68 to 60 when away from home or sleeping for 8 hours saves an additional 16%
These savings add up to 22% and for every $1000 you use to heat your home, that's a savings of $220!!! Holy Cow! I really think I need to be better about this at night! I freeze all winter long so I'm guilty of not turning it down. I think I'll change my plan since we're not applying for HEAP this year.
This one hits home for me as a SAHM with a cake business...on average it costs .17 per hour to run my gas stove!!! Puts my costs more into perspective and makes me think twice about what I'm charging for cakes!
I've got more info but no time. I hope some of this info helps you and gives you the desire to change! Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Stay tuned for my review and in the meantime go visit one of the 200 CSN Stores and shop!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Recently, I had purchased Wilton gum paste on 3 separate occasions at Michael's and AC Moore. When I opened them, all three of them, I found that the top portion of the gum paste was already hardened and un-usable. Now this stuff is expensive and there's not much in the package, so when you're having to cut a portion of it off to get to the usable stuff, that's upsetting!
I got on the phone with Wilton customer service and guess what they did? They replaced all three bags! Nice, right! It came via FedEx in less than a week. Now that's how a company should react to such problems. Thanks Wilton!
Friday, June 4, 2010
The recipe I shared with you HERE, cost .71 cents for 64 loads! That's a whopping .01 cent per load! If you need me to post the breakdown I will but trust me, it's accurate.
So I ask you, will you please try a batch or 2 of this? You won't be disappointed! I do an average of 10 loads per week so it costs me .10 cents per week to wash my clothes. If you use Tide, you're spending $2.40 per week, $124.80 per year. Mine costs me $5.20 PER YEAR! I know it doesn't sound like a lot, but if you add that to 5 or 6 other things you save over $100 on, you've just freed up an extra $500 or more per year!
I hope you're inspired. It's cheap and green!
NOTE: From reading several other reviews on homemade laundry detergent, I've decided to use Ivory soap next time as several posts have reported color fading from using the Fels Naptha. I have not experienced this color fade as of yet.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Being a cake decorator, just the name Wilton gets me going. So many products I couldn't live without! Who better to win these than an avid cake decorator!?
Go ahead, visit Wilton and see all the fabulous products I dream of having.....all....at....once! If only my pocket book said yes.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Chock Full O Nuts coffee on sale for $1.99 minus my doubled .75 coupon for a total of .49 per can.
Nexcare Bandages on sale for $1.49 minus my doubled .55 coupon for a total of .39 per box.
V8 V-Fusion on sale for $2.50 minus my doubled .75 coupon for a total of $1.00 per bottle.
Betty Crocker Cake Mix & Frosting on sale for $1.00 each minus my doubled .75 coupon (off the purchase of one mix and one frosting) for a total of .25 each (don't worry cake customers, I don't use box mixes or jarred frosting on my orders, they're all from scratch.)
Skippy Peanut Butter on sale for $1.99 minus my doubled coupons for .60 for a total of .79 each.
Reynolds Recycled Foil on sale for $1.99 minus my doubled coupon for .75 for a total of .49 each.
Keebler Cheesecake Middles Cookies on sale for $1.99 minus my doubled coupon for .55 off for a total of .89 each.
Perdue Chicken Nuggets on sale for $1.99 minus my doubled coupons for .75 for a total of .49 each.
Marcal Napkins on sale for $1.49 minus my $1.00 coupon for a total of .49 each.
Lays BBQ Chips on sale for $1.69 minus my $1.00 coupon for a total of .69.
Yoplait Greek Yogurt on sale for $1.25 each minus my b1g1 coupon for a total of .62 each.
That's about it. I'm actually hoping for a week of no-good-deals so I can have a break! Or a week of lots of free stuff.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Just look at those little bites. Cute right? I guess he had to taste each and every one to make sure they were okay.
And at almost 20 months he was even smart enough to pull off the stems and leaves! (Now if I can teach him to make it to the garbage.....)
I guess this was the winner since it's half gone!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
For an entire year I was thrilled with it aside from the volume of it. Lets just say you can't talk on the phone next to the machine when it's running. It's claim to fame is that it can mix up to 14 cups of flour at a time. I'm a huge homemade bread/roll/cinnamon bun/pizza dough/soft pretzel fan...anything involving yeast, really. My mixer gets a workout but it's okay because it's a KitchenAid, right? Heavy duty, right? Huh! That's what I thought. Literally 2 weeks after the one year warranty was up the stinking thing stopped working right in the middle of mixing dough. The motor ran but the mechanism wouldn't spin. Gears stripped. PERFECT! *SIGH*
I called KA customer service and much to my surprise they replaced it with a new machine! I was very impressed and my faith in the company was renewed.
After doing much research about my problem, I found TONS of others with the same problem! I guess they started making the gear box with plastic parts rather than the all metal that they claimed. At this point I figured it's all good because I've got a new one coming and another full year warranty on it.
Here we are 1 year and 3 months after I received this new mixer and guess what happened? Yup! Right in the middle of a batch of pizza dough. I cannot express to you how aggravated I was and still am. Not realizing it was 3 months past the warranty date I called KA again. The lady in customer service was very pleasant. She allowed me to explain what happened, put me on hold and when she came back on the line she explained to me that they would send me a refurbished model with a 6 month warranty.
Now am I supposed to be happy? afraid? I guess both? I'm very happy that they are sending me another one knowing that the warranty was outdated. I'm very scared that the gears will strip again. Part of me wants to sell it on EBay and buy a different brand. I just don't know. I do know that this should NOT be happening. It's not like I bought some cheesy floor model from WalMart! I suppose what I'll have to do is mix my dough and then knead by hand? I'll have to think of it as therapeutic.........
I want to first start by telling you of the opening conversation with myself and the young cashier. He said "Hi, how are you?" Me "Good, how are you" Him "Good and you?" I just thought it was slightly amusing. Then as he was scanning my coupons he called me a coupon warrior. That's a first..ha!
Oikos greek yogurt was on sale last week from $2.49 to 1.00. My store only had 3 kinds, plain (bleck), vanilla and strawberry. I was only able to get 8 because they didn't have enough in stock, so I got a rain check. Yesterday I used the rain check and got 32 more for free with my $1.00 off coupons. So in all, I got 40 of them for free.
Motts was the first dollar days deal I got. Their juice was 2/4, buy 5 and get $5.00 off your next shopping trip. I got 6 for $12.00 minus the $5 off my next trip = 6 juices for $7.00 plus a free bag.
Lysol toilet bowl cleaner on sale 2/4. I had coupons for .75 off each making them .50 each. I checked them out in 2 batches of 5 so I could get 2 dollar days deals with them. In all I got 10 for $5.00 and got $10.00 to use on my next order and 2 free bags. They paid me 5 bucks to take the cleaner and bags!
Green Works cleaners on sale 2/5. I got 3 dish soap and 2 all purpose cleaner minus my .50 off coupons, making them $1.50 each. Then I got $5.00 off my next shopping trip plus a free bag making them .50 each.
Perdue Turkey Meatballs (my favorite) on sale for $2.21 minus my .75 off coupon making them .71 per box. BTW, I used Perdue ShortCuts Chicken coupons on these.
Clorox bleach on sale for $1.69 minus my .50/2 coupon made them $1.19 each, plus a $5.00 off your next order coupon making them .36 each and I got another free bag.
Bounce Dryer Bars on sale for $4.00 each minus my $1.50 off coupons made them $2.50 each. Then I got a $5.00 off my next order for a total of $1.50 each.
In all I got $160.27 worth of groceries for $60.58, a savings of 62%!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
My car the day after.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
What I do, basically, is on Friday's my local grocery store posts sales for the following week. I pull their circular up in one tab and EBay in another and compare sales to coupons available. YES, I buy coupons. In future posts I'll give you little tips that you can try that have worked for me.
So last year I decided to start saving my receipts from this store to keep track of how much I've actually saved. I don't have 100% of my receipts but probably 90%. Keep in mind when you see the numbers that I'm feeding a family of 5, 4 of them being male who are hungry all the time, and 2 dogs. I consider this part of my "job" as a stay at home mom.
I probably spent around $300-400 on coupons but they saved me a WHOPPING $4254.71! I got $8871.18 worth of groceries for $4616.47. I think that's awesome! I could probably not shop for 6 months and not run out of any toiletries, frozen veggies, cereal, paper products, spaghetti sauce, canned stock, and many more items.
I get very excited on Friday afternoon's when the circular posts and look forward to all the money I'll save this year!
Monday, January 25, 2010
Anyway, I'm back. I decided that if nothing else, my children might enjoy reading these in the years to come. I've missed reading posts of my favorite bloggers. I get incredibly inspired by many of you, thank you.