Month: November 2016

Easy Stuffing for Less! Spruce up Stove Top for $5.38

Spruce up Stove Top Stuffing

Thanksgiving Stuffing
Spruce up Stove Top this Thanksgiving

Are you on a budget this Thanksgiving?  Are you stressed out about the strains of hosting?

There is so much thought and effort that goes into hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your house.  The menu, the cleaning, and let’s not forget the food budget!

That’s enough to give a busy mom and headache! Ouch!

One way to save money (think less stress) this Thanksgiving is to use Stove Top Stuffing as your main side dish! I have used this recipe for a few years and my guests raved about it!

This recipe is a quick, easy way to spruce up your Stove Top and you will save money because you are using Stove Top! Yet, you will still have a dish that your guests will love!

Both times I made this recipe, there was nothing left at the end of Thanksgiving dinner, so I guess it was a success.

I’m wishing all of you the best this Holiday Season and I’m hoping my recipe will help lighten the cooking burden and financial burden hosting Thanksgiving can bring!  Let’s try this and see how many compliments you get this year!!

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Poshmark Review – Ins and Outs of Poshmark

In this Poshmark review, I will give you the ins and outs of Poshmark and let you know why I have grown to love using this app for buying and selling!

Make Money selling on Poshmark
Make Money selling on Poshmark

 

This post contains affiliate links. If you click a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.

If you feel this app is for you, use my code MASMAX when signing up and you will receive a $10 credit.

Selling

Need a little extra cash? Need to clean out your closet?  Then this is the website for you.

I was in a dilemma after having my two boys. Unfortunately, I had many items in my closet that I stilled loved but they did not fit me. Yet, I continued to hope I would go back to my pre-pregnancy body and held on to my beloved clothes!

After all, I used to be a teacher and enjoyed my dressy work clothes, planning my outfits each week and feeling great when I stepped out the door.  These clothes were part of me! And I wanted to keep them!

However, after a few years of holding on to these, some almost new items, I read about an app called Poshmark in a magazine. I decided to clean out my cluttered closet and give it a try.

I’m happy to say that after being on the website for about six months, I have already made around $400.

All you need is a good picture of your item to upload it with the information (size, condition, description, price) and you are good to go.  Also, It helps to style your item or give your buyers an idea of how to style the item in the description. You are selling a lifestyle!!

Follow as many people as you can and most will return the favor and follow you.  The more followers you have, the more people will see your items.

Also, share your items often. They will then come up on your follower’s news feeds and other people (hopefully with more followers) will share your items. All of this is really easy within the website. (more…)

How to Make Cheap Pulled Pork – Slow Cooker Recipe

How to Make Cheap Pulled Pork – Slow Cooker Recipe

 

Easy Pulled Pork
Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe:

Pulled pork is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes. The way I make it is easy and yummy.  There are many other recipes out there with more thought and effort, but I am a mother of two small kids and just don’t have the time to wear the “gourmet chef” hat right now.

I like to cook dinners that are fast, easy and frugal! This one is a little higher priced than some of my other recipes in my two-week meal planning post, but when you are making tuna noodle for under $3 and Chili for under $4, you can afford to spend a tad more on pork and sweet barbecue sauce!

So let’s begin the slow cooker dump, sit back and watch our latest Gray’s Anatomy episode (yes, I still love that show!) and let our slow cooker do all the work! In the end, you will have a great meal the family will love and the cooking will happen while you take a load off!  Slow Cooker plugged in? Here we go!


Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you click a link I may be compensated but if you choose not to, feel free to browse or carry on with your cooking! My posts are here to help and any money I make is just a bonus! Thanks!

What you will need

  • 1 1lb package of pork – I buy Market Pantry center cut pork; however, some people use pork shoulder(cheaper). It is up to you but the center cut is already cut and is less fatty, which is healthier for the fam!
  • 1/2 an onion sliced  – Pro Tip: Cut the entire onion up when you get home from the store and use the other half for another recipe
  • 1/2 bottle of Sweet BBQ sauce (Update: My son and I have been making our own pulled pork BBQ Sauce and it is so easy to make – See recipe below)
  • Around a tablespoon – Salt, pepper and paprika for seasoning

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe Directions:

1. Turn on your crock pot and set to four hours on high. Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray for an easy cleanup.

2.  Add onions to slow cooker

3. Season each side of pork with salt, pepper, and paprika ( I do a light coating of each)

4. Put the pork on top of your onions

5. Add BBQ sauce

6. Stir after about an hour and a half into cooking.

7. Let it all cook on high for four hours – Sit back, Relax!!

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Easy, cheap pulled pork recipe

8. Check and Shred. Your pork will turn a lighter color as shown in the picture below, and shred very easily with a fork.

 

Easy, Cheap Pulled Pork
Yummy, Cheap Pulled Pork

 

Pulled Pork
Easy, Cheap Pulled Pork
Yummy & Cheap Pulled Pork
Yummy & Cheap Pulled Pork
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Easy Slow Cooker Pulledd Pork
Crockpot Pulled Pork Recipe #crockpot #pulledpork #slowcooker #recipe #dinnerrecipe
Crockpot Pulled Pork Recipe

Finally…

Serve this yummy pork on a bun or open face on a piece of bread.  I like to serve with corn as a side dish!  Enjoy and watch the faces of your family as you serve! You are bound to get a smile.

What is your favorite slow cooker recipe? Please leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you!

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Suggested Reading:

  1. Budget-Friendly Meal Planning
  2. 50 Cheap Meals that Will Fill Up Your Family
  3. 50 Make-Ahead Tailgate Foods for your Tailgate Menu
  4. 7 Easy Dinners for the Lazy Girl
  5. Chili-Fall Budget Meal Under $4
  6. Budget-Friendly Two-Week Dinner Meal Plan – Under $75
  7. $40 Dinner Meal Plan Your Family Will Love

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back



How I Earned an Extra $250 for Christmas Shopping


Make $250 for Christmas Shopping
Make $250 for Christmas Shopping

Make $250 for Christmas (or anytime) – Money Making Ideas

*This post contains affiliate links! If you click on or use my codes I will be compensated and will be very grateful, but if you choose not to(I’m not pushy), please enjoy and use the information!!

Christmas time can be such a fun time of the year…Greeting family, delectable food, and let’s not forget the yearly gift exchange.   However, not everyone can enjoy this splendid season because of financial woes and worries.

So many of us feel the financial strains and stresses this (suppose to be beautiful) season brings!! We want to shower our loved ones with nice gifts but do not always have the financial means to do so! If you are in this boat, I’m here to help!

I’ve compiled a list to help save an upwards of $250 in the next month to help out with Christmas shopping (or anything else you need)! I’m using many of these myself and am proud of the fact my husband won’t have to buy his own gift this year. Furthermore, I’m wishing everyone the best now and for years to come! Let’s go out there and make this Christmas shopping “thing” happen! Read on…

Money Making Ideas

1. Poshmark App (clean out your closet)-This is the main way I have personally earned extra money for Christmas shopping! All you need is a good picture of your item. You can sell woman’s, men’s and children’s clothing on this site.  Print off your pre-paid shipping label and send it on its way.  If you don’t like selling and shipping, you can send your stuff to Poshmark concierge and they will do the work for you.  Sign up now using my code NXUIA and you will get a $5 credit to spend on your first purchase. (keep your eye open for a related post-what sells on posh) – I made $170 selling my old clothing and shoes.

2. Mercari-This site is not just for clothing. You can sell anything and ship it to the buyer (kind of like an online garage sale).  You can use Mercari’s prepaid shipping or use your own.  Use my code  UYYBUS to sign up and get a $2 credit on your first purchase.

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Easy, Budget Friendly Tuna Noodle Cassarole-Under $3

Budget-friendly tuna Noodle is one of my go-to meals! My kids love it and it is easy to make. It is honestly the cheapest meal I make. What a tasty warm meal on a fall or winter evening!  This meal is so budget friendly that we can get your cost down to under $3 for the entire meal. That’s an awesome deal for a family of four.

Easy, Budget Friendly Tuna Noodle
Easy, Budget-Friendly Tuna Noodle Casserole

Incorporate this into my meal planning sample and you will have another fall meal under your belt.

As I go along with this yummy recipe, I will give you prices and information on where to shop (Target,) to get the best deals on your ingredients.

Not a gourmet chef?  No worries! This recipe is so simple, if you can open a can, you can make it! Turn on your stove and start boiling that water because we are ready to cook.

Budget-Friendly Tuna Noodle Ingredients:

1 can tuna (.79)

1 can mushroom soup (.89 – stock up when on sale)

1/2 can peas (.99 save the other half & make again – so .50 for this meal total)

1/2 box of rotini or use what pasta you have on hand ( 1.00/ box -so .50 for this meal total)

Optional: Cheese for topping

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Boil water and add rotini

Budget-Friendly Tuna Noodle Casserole Directions:

1. Boil water (season with a dash of salt)  and add rotini

2. Cook rotini for about nine minutes and drain

3. Place rotini back in the pot

4. Dump the rest of the ingredients in the pot and stir (add a little salt and pepper to taste)

5. Plate and serve

Tuna Noodle

Optional: If you have shredded cheese on hand, sprinkle on top and/or melt in the microwave. You can also top with crunched up chips or crackers. Yummy, Tummy!!

**TIP – Let your kids crunch up their own goldfish crackers on top! Fish on top of fish!!

Enjoy!

Tuna Noodle
Budget-Friendly Tuna Noodle

 

All of my ingredients were Market Pantry brand purchased at Target using my Target Redcard to score an extra 5% off my entire order, which brings my meal cost to $2.55!! Yummy and cheap!

Related Post:

  1. Budget-Friendly Meal Planning
  2. Budget-Friendly Chili
  3. 50 Cheap Meals that Will Fill Up Your Family
  4. 50 Make-Ahead Tailgate Foods for Your Tailgate Menu
  5. Budget-Friendly Two-Week Dinner Meal Plan – Under $75
  6. Cheap Meal Plan for Two – One Week Under $30
  7. Cucumber Chicken Pasta Salad
  8. Avocado Turkey Sandwich

Save Money on Holiday Shopping


How to save money on Christmas Shopping

Christmas Savings
Christmas Saving

I used to crave the excitement of Holiday shopping. There was nothing like the gorgeous decorations, great deals, and shopping around from store to store. The mall looked like a regular old winter wonderland! As always, Holiday spirit filled the air.

Boy, times have changed!! After  having two kids, I now try to avoid anything with an early wake up, large crowds, no parking and a line with more than one person.

Although I love a good deal like the next person, I am skipping the Black Friday and mall lines this year and shopping from home!

My goal is to be stress-free this Christmas. Furthermore, you can too with these simple easy tips listed below!

Use my tips to avoid a head ache and bankruptcy this Christmas! Here’s to a whimsical Holiday Season. Let the shipping begin!

Ways to save

1. Ebates-This site actually gives you money back for shopping online and it is totally legit! You also get a bonus for signing up and making your first purchase. When I first signed up I got a ten-dollar gift card for Target and have been using them for over five years! Click here to sign up!

2. Groupon goods – There are many awesome discounted gift ideas on Groupon and right now you can get 6% back if you click Groupon through your Ebates account.

**TIP – I often wait until they have a 20% off coupon code, as well. They usually offer them at least once or twice a week.

*GIFT IDEA– Groupon has personalized children’s book on sale right now for around $8. What a great gift idea for the baby boy or girl in your life.

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