Work From Home!

I recently had a friend share with me an easy way she earns money from home... I was a bit skeptical at first, but decided to give it a whirl.  I have been blessed by the additional income.  Working whenever I want and however much I want is perfect for me since I stay home with my children.  If you're interested in more information, email me at youcanearnmoneyathome1@gmail.com and I'd be glad to share with you how I'm doing it! 

PS-  I also thought I might try blogging some more here and there and sharing deals I find here on the blog... so stick around for tips on how to earn money or save money or even better... both! :)

Check out Motherhood on a Dime!

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Hey there, bargain hunters! It's been awhile. Will you come check out Motherhood on a Dime, a blog dedicated to finding bargains and balance? I'll be contributing deals there, alongside my friend, Stacie!

Daily Deals!


Click HERE to check out the daily deal at Groupon!!!
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Click HERE to see what 417 Magazine is offering at a discount today! 
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Don't forget to check out 1/2 Price Ozarks.com HERE for a new deal each day!
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Check out Living Social's daily deal HERE!

 (Some local links for Springfield, MO.)


New Printable Coupons!

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Coupons.com has added new coupons as well as reset the old ones! Click HERE to start printing!  Don't forget you can print your favorites twice!
 
Usually these printable coupon sites reset as well!  Fire up the printer!
 Organic Printable Engines:

Homemade Cleaner Recipes: Laundry Detergent and Multipurpose Cleaners!

I've been busy making homemade cleaners and would love to share some of my recipes with you.  After our family switched to a more organic eating diet, I dug deeper and found that toxins enter our bodies in three ways; through our food, the air, and our skin.  The chemicals in cleaners have many harmful effects on our bodies, and particularly on sensitive and developing children's bodies, but especially on babies in the womb.  These toxins can lead to things from developmental disabilities to cancer.  HERE's an article if you'd like to know more.  It's sad that I used to think my home was clean if the air was filled with chemicals, but have found many alternatives that work just as well!  The following recipes are also very frugal, costing way less than than the cleaners I used to buy, even after coupons. Organic food costs more, so here's one way to fit a healthier lifestyle into your budget.  Save on cleaning supplies!
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Homemade Laundry Detergent
  • 1 bar of soap- I used a natural option called Dr Broomers scented with lavender, but you can also use Fels Napa or Ivory.
  • 1 c Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
  • 1 c Borax
Grate soap and mix all ingredients. For a light load, use 1 tablespoon or for heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 tablespoons. This recipe makes three cups of detergent or approximately 40 loads. I haven't done the exact math because there's so much left in the boxes to make more, but others have figured the costs and it comes to around $.05 per load!

* HERE's a liquid recipe as well!

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General Cleaner
  • 1 part vinegar
  • 1 part water
Mix and clean!  You can clean nearly everything with this!  HERE's a more specific list us uses.

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All Purpose Cleaner
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide
  • ¼ cup Lemon Juice
Mix and clean!

* Hydrogen peroxide is the key to this cleaner.  Hydrogen peroxide has stronger cleaning capabilities than vinegar (doesn't smell :) and works much like bleach, just without any harmful health or environmental effects. You can also add about half a cup of this mix into laundry water to whiten clothes. The acidic lemon juice helps break down grime and adds a fresh citrus scent.
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General Cleaner
  • 4 T Baking Soda 
  • 1 quart warm water
Mix and clean! Click HERE to read 27 ways to clean with baking soda!
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You can add essential oils to any of these cleaners.  My family loves the spearmint scent, which also gives a calming and uplifting effect...nice perk to cleaning time!  I picked this bottle up at a local natural food store.
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Interested in making more cleaners?  There are twenty five recipes HERE!
(By the way, the dishwashing liquid pictured at the top was a bust, but trying another recipe!)

Pappy's Pickin Patch (local)


If your interested in taking your little ones to a blueberry patch to pick fresh berries that have not been treated with any chemicals, including the soil, head out to Pappy's Pickin Patch!  There's more info on their Facebook page HERE.  You can pick a heaping gallon of blueberries for only $17 and eat as many as you'd like as you pick! 

 

Daily Deals: Old Chicago, Q Hotel, Ozark Mountain Gymnastics, Meal Makers, Baglady Boutique, Children's Orchard,and A Moment of Peace Massage

Click HERE to check out the daily deal at Groupon!!!
*Be sure to check all the deals on the side too!
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Click HERE to see what 417 Magazine is offering at a discount today! 
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Don't forget to check out 1/2 Price Ozarks.com HERE for a new deal each day!
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Check out Living Social's daily deal HERE!
 (Local links in Springfield, MO.)

Frugal Father's Day Gift Idea

 I picked up a 3-pack of gift boxes at the dollar store, making them only $.33 each.  They were personalized by my little ones!
 I also found these wooden frames at the dollar store.  We used paint from home to make Father's Day trees and are using the freebie cards I posted about a couple weeks ago.
Total comes to $1.33 per gift!  A frugal way to make the men in our family feel special on Father's Day!

Local Tip: Where I Get My Organic Milk!


If you've thought about switching to organic foods and have done your research, you'll find switching your dairy is of top priority!  I just wanted to share contact info with a local farm to all my local readers!  Each week, Diane Allen travels to Springfield from a nearby local farm to deliver 1/2 gallon jars of milk for only $2.  Her Holstein cows graze year round and are antibiotic, hormone, and pesticide free!  You can even set up a time to visit her grade A barn.  Contact Diane at jimmiea@wildblue.net if your interested!

Quick tip:  I take turns with a friend of mine picking up milk each week, so I only have to do it every other week.  I leave the cooler on my porch if I'm out and about and my friend leaves it on my doorstep, just like old times! :)

~Interested in learning more about organic milk?  Info HERE.~

Organic Snack Tips

If your little ones are like mine, they are super busy, which means they are also  always super hungry!  When on a budget and trying to feed your little ones healthy organic snacks, you have to be picky!  I find nutritious, filling snacks in bulk.  You can even have portions in baggies that they can grab!  I like to have these ready for when we head out the door because my little ones are ALWAYS hungry in the car and I avoid drive thrus as much as possible!
What to eat became an issue at our house, so now my boys have  this handy list on the fridge to pick from.  These are the things I keep stocked, with an extra blank for anything extra we have on hand.  Slide this in a protective sleeve and write the extra snack in with an Expo marker, which can be erased and changed!
One of our favorite snacks to make, especially for family movie night, is popcorn!   Have you read the ingredients on the bagged microwave popcorn?  Artificial eww! 
We have a Worly Pop and use organic oil and popcorn topped with organic butter and sea salt for the perfect filling snack that is super frugal!

Qdoba BOGO for Father's Day

Check your email for the Father's Day Qdoba reward!  It's a BOGO!  Haven't signed up for Qdoba rewards yet?  Do it HERE!  You'll get free chips and salsa along with other perks when you sign up!

Oraganic Couponing Tip and Discoll Berries Printable

I've learned one the tricks to organic couponing is knowing the brands that carry both organic and nonorganic food, so when the coupon comes out, it may not say organic on it, but you can use it!  For example, use the $.50/1 Driscoll berry coupon below on organic berries!  The coupon states "any Driscoll product."
Printable coupon: $.50/1 Driscoll Berries (Like on Facebook and then click on rewards.  Enter your email and address and the coupon will be in your inbox!)  This coupon makes organic strawberries $1.99 at Dillons this week!  Seriously, just try them organic once....you will not believe what an organic strawberry tastes like...they are amazing!
I also keep an eye out for Seattle's Best coffee and Marzetti salad dressing just to name a couple brands that carry organic options.  How about you?  What are brands you keep an eye out for with the wording "any" when searching for organic coupons?

Father's Day Coupon Book

Head over to the blog, Balancing Beauty with Bedlam, to print a free Father's Day Coupon Book!  If your on a tight budget, but still want to do something special for your hubby, or just are in search of a little addition, this may be the perfect gift to celebrate Father's Day with!

Daily Deals: Jumpmania, Legends Carwash, and Pickwick Underground

Click HERE to check out the daily deal at Groupon!!!
*Be sure to check all the deals on the side too!
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Click HERE to see what 417 Magazine is offering at a discount today! 
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Don't forget to check out 1/2 Price Ozarks.com HERE for a new deal each day!
 
 (Local links in Springfield, MO.)

Two Fandago Movie Tickets for $4 @ Living Social!



Have you signed up for Living Social? It's similar to Groupon with awesome daily deals and has a great deal on movie tickets right now! Here's how to get two Fandago movie tickets for $9 or $4 if your new to Living Social:
1. Sign up for Living Social HERE! You will get $5 credited to your account and so will I when you sing up through this link!  Simply enter your email address and then sign up.  It's like five questions...super quick and easy.
2. After your signed up, click HERE to go to the Fandago Deal.
3. Enjoy a cheap date at the movies!
(Locally, you can cash in Fandango and Campbelll 16, Hollywood Theaters, The Moxie, Palace and Springfield 8.)

Local Resturant Printable Coupons

Heading out to dinner this weekend?  Check out these local (Springfield, MO) restaurant coupons!  These are extras of the freebies you get on your door or in your mailbox! 
Click HERE to print free coupons from MoneySaver! 
Click HERE to check it out the free printables available from Door Deals!

Use the code TASTY to get a good deal on Restaurant.com!

Quiznos- Four Free Printable Coupons!

Quiznos 30th Anniversary Toasty Savings - Print All 4 Coupons!

- Free Chip or Cookie and Regular Fountain Drink
- Free Sub or Regular Salad
- 2 Meals For $9.99
- $1 Off Regular Sub or $2 Off Large Sub  

Click HERE to print yours!

Should I Eat Organic Food? by Heavenly Homemakers

Have you thought about eating more organic foods but are trying to figure out how to possibly fit the extra expense into your budget?  Laura, over at Heavenly Homemakers is currently writing a series titled "Should I Eat Organic?" that has some great tips and info.  

Check it out:
Part One Is it worth it?
Part Two - Real food
Part Three- Organic label and Q&A
Part Four - Higher focused foods
More parts to come!

Heavenly Homemakers is FULL of great info and is fun to read. The series on Journey to Healthy Eating inspired me so much to change the way my family eats. Click around on some the Healthy Eating link ups and enjoy a wealth of info. I have tried tons of her recipes and they are amazing!