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18 Jan 2020   ·   2

Decluttering Kathrynne’s Closet (before and after pictures)

Need some motivation to declutter your home? We’ve been working on decluttering our home in January and here’s a peek at Kathrynne’s closet (shared with her permission):

Decluttering Kathrynne’s Closet

Kathrynne spent a number of hours over Christmas break going through her entire room and decluttering and re-organizing it.

We realized, after she had decluttered everything, that she really needed some storage tubs and baskets to be able to better organize and store the items she was keeping in her closet.

So she and I headed to At Home last Saturday to pick some items out. (They have SO many storage options and clearance items to choose from!)

Her only dilemma was trying to pick from all the many options! She finally settled on some items and we headed back home where she spent a few hours tackling her closet.

Doesn’t it look so much better?? She’s so happy with the end results. Also, it’s much easier for her to find what she is looking for, too!

Note: You’ll notice there’s a lot of empty space in her closet. We have intentionally kept it that way because her room has the extra bunk beds in it for hosting kids from foster care (we are licensed for two kids so we are required to have two empty beds . open in our house). We are also required to have empty closet space for them as part of the rules of our home licensing. Where kids sleep depends upon the ages and genders and particulars of the case, but when our home is open — as it is right now — we have to have these things in place.

18 Jan 2020   ·   0

Brigette’s $73 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6


2 pkgs Frozen Broccoli Florets – $1.98

1 Cauliflower – $2.25

2 cartons Blueberries – $2.98

1 bunch Bananas – $0.77

1 carton Snacking Tomatoes – $1.99

1 3-ct pkg Garlic Heads – $0.79

1 large head Cabbage – $1.59

1 pkg Baby Carrots – $0.89

1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $2.39

1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.49

1 pkg Zucchini – $1.77

2 3-lb bags Jazz Apples – $5.58

1 16-oz bag Mini Cucumbers – $2.19

1 pkg Fresh Cilantro – $0.75

2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.28

1 gallon Whole Milk – $0.97

5 single-serving cups Greek Yogurt – $2.94

1 can Whipped Cream – $2.65

1 2-lb bag Brown Sugar – $1.29

1 5-lb bag Flour – $1.15

1 16-oz bag Navy Beans – $0.69

1 12-oz pkg Chocolate Chips – $1.29

1 3-lb bag Long Grain Rice – $1.15

1 pkg Sliced Pepperoni – $2.19

1 pkg Turkey Bacon – $1.89

1 1-lb pkg Country Sausage – $2.99

1 16-oz pkg Deli Meat – $2.85

1 8-oz pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.79

1 pkg String Cheese – $1.99

1 pkg Crackers Sticks with Cheese Dip – $1.09

1 pkg Butternut Squash Crackers – $2.99

1 box Rice Squares – $1.49

1 Family-Size box Honey Nut Crispy Oats – $2.45

1 pkg Taco Mix Seasoning – $0.29

1 log Goat Cheese – $1.55

1 16-oz carton Egg Whites – $1.69

3 dozen Eggs – $2.94

Grocery Total for the Week: $73.01

Weekly Menu Plan


Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include:

Oatmeal, Cereal, Fruit, Yogurt, Smoothies, Scrambled/Boiled/Fried Eggs, Veggie Omelets


Deli Meat/Sliced Cheese Sandwiches on Homemade Rolls, Apples, Mini Cucumbers x 2

Butternut Squash Crackers, Cheese Sticks, Bananas and Peanut Butter

Leftovers x 4


Egg Roll in a Bowl, Rice, Apples

White Chicken Chili, Cornbread, Tossed Salad

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Baked Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli

Belgian Waffles, Turkey Bacon, Roasted Cauliflower, Scrambled Eggs

Pepperoni Rolls, Tossed Salad

Taco Salad, Spanish Rice, Broccoli

Date Night Out (kids eat leftovers at home)

18 Jan 2020   ·   4

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18 Jan 2020   ·   0

New Ibotta Offers: Zevia Soda, Rx Bars, Special K Cereal, plus more!

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Don’t miss out on this week’s newest Ibotta offers!

Newest Ibotta Offers

New Ibotta Offers

Have you signed up for Ibotta yet? It’s one of my favorite money-making apps, and it’s a great way to save money on groceries and more—without clipping coupons! You can download the Ibotta app to get started.

Ibotta added new cash back offers this week — including Zevia Soda, Colgate Toothpaste, Rx Bars, Perfect Bars, Coffeemate Natural Bliss Creamer, Special K Cereal, and more! Check them out here.

What is Ibotta?

Ibotta helps you save money on the brands you love by offering cash back on your purchases. Here’s how it works:

::Sign up for Ibotta and download the free app.

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::Purchase the product at an approved retailer (make sure you’re buying it when it’s on a great sale and using a coupon, too!)

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::You can transfer your cash to your Paypal account whenever you want to cash out.

Sign up for the Ibotta app

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18 Jan 2020   ·   2

3 Steps to Start That Blog You’ve Been Dreaming Of!

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18 Jan 2020   ·   0

Museums On Us | Free admission to museums nationwide for Bank of America customers

If you love museums, don’t miss Bank of America’s Museums On Us deal each month!

Looking for more frugal fun? Check out our latest posts about family fun events near you!

Museums On Us Free Admission

Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers can get free admission to over 225 participating museums nationwide on February 1-2, 2020.

This freebie deal is also valid the first full weekend of every month in 2020!

Go here to see a list of participating museums.

Be sure to bring your credit or debit card and a photo ID to get FREE admission.

17 Jan 2020   ·   49

10 Foods You Should Never Freeze

What foods should you never freeze? Welcome to my weekly post where I answer one of your questions you’ve submitted. This week’s question is what foods you can’t or shouldn’t freeze.

Are there foods you can’t or shouldn’t freeze? – a reader

As you likely know, I love using my freezer for all kinds and sorts of things. And I freeze a lot of items like flour, cottage cheese, butter, milk that most people don’t think of being things you can freeze. (Check out my post on 10 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Freeze.)

But there are some things I don’t recommend you try freezing. Here’s a list of the top 10 things I think you should never freeze:

1. Lettuce

While I’ve frozen spinach to use in smoothies (and it works!), most lettuce will get limp and soggy if frozen, due to the high water content.

2. Blocks of Cheese

You can freeze shredded cheese without a problem, but if you freeze block cheese, it will be very crumbly when thawed (you can use it if you are planning to melt it, but it won’t work for slicing and snacking on).

3. Raw Eggs

I have heard from some people that they successfully freeze raw eggs, but I’ve never had success with doing so. However, I’ve frozen cooked eggs (such as in a Breakfast Casserole) without any issues.

4. Cream Cheese

If you plan to use the cream cheese in baked goods, you should be okay. However, if you plan to spread it on bagels or something, I wouldn’t recommend freezing it as it will end up very crumbly after it’s frozen.

5. Potatoes — raw or mashed.

You can freeze mashed potatoes, but they are usually water-y if you don’t add cream cheese and/or sour cream to them. And raw potatoes will usually turn a dark color when frozen.

6. Cucumbers

Cucumbers have high water content, so they will be mushy and soggy if frozen.

7. Milk you plan to drink.

You can freeze milk (and I do it often!), but I only recommend using it in baking. It separates and has sort of a lumpy consistency  when thawed — which isn’t very appetizing!

8. Raw meat that has been frozen and then thawed.

If you freeze meat raw and then thaw it, it needs to be cooked if you are going to re-freeze it. If meat is already cooked, I recommend not thawing it and re-freezing it as it will usually affect the quality of the meat.

9. Jell-O

Okay, this might seem like a crazy one to put on the list, but we tried freezing Jell-O as an experiment a few weeks ago and it did not work at all. It was all soupy and water-y when thawed!

10. Celery

When thawed, frozen celery will be very limp. However, if it’s diced up in small pieces before frozen, you can use it in a casserole and it will probably be okay. But don’t freeze whole celery stalks with the intent to thaw and snack on them! 🙂

What else would you add to my list? Anything on my list that you’ve had success freezing?

P.S. Have a question you’d love for me to answer in a future Q&A post? Send me an email through the contact form here.

17 Jan 2020   ·   0
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17 Jan 2020   ·   2
Ulgoo Travel Overnight Duffel Bags

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These Ulgoo Travel Overnight Duffel Bags are perfect for traveling, the gym, beach or more!

Ulgoo Travel Overnight Duffel Bags

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17 Jan 2020   ·   0

*HOT* Nordstrom Rack: Up to 48% off Birkenstocks!

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Love Birkenstocks? You can score up to 48% off right now!


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17 Jan 2020   ·   4

Cascade Platinum Plus Dishwasher Detergent (70 count) only $13.99!

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Yay! This great stock up deal on Cascade Dishwasher Detergent is back!

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