Amazon $10 Credit With $50 Amazon Gift Cards Purchase (Eligible Customers Only)

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Right now Amazon is offering a $10 credit when you give $50 in Amazon gift cards to some Amazon customers.   Now might be a good time to send that Wedding gift card, Birthday or other special event.   Purchase at least $50 in Amazon.com Gift Cards by January 31, 2015, and they’ll email you a $10 promotional code to spend at Amazon.com.   Important: This offer is valid ONLY to eligible customers.

Enter “JAN5010GCS” in the “Gift Cards & Promotional Codes” box when you check out.

CLICK HERE to see if you qualify.  If you do, you must purchase the Amazon.com Gift Cards using the Amazon.com account to which you are currently logged in.  If you do not qualify, you’ll see a message saying you aren’t eligible. 

Good luck!

Unique Organization Ideas

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By Contributing writer Beth Anne.

January always feels like a fresh start and is a great time to organize the different parts of your home. I am sharing 20 Unique Organization Ideas with you today that I think are great ways to reorganize your home this year!
Organization

It can be so difficult to organize small places but this post gives some really good tips.

Did your kids get a lot of new things for Christmas? This post about organizing kid things is really helpful to reorganize all your kids new gifts.

Organize all those old tshirts you have into a Tshirt Quilt

Every time I move I use this backward hanger trick to declutter my clothes! It really works!

Get control of your shoes with this DIY Shoe Shelf.

Organize your Spice Cabinet with bins from the Dollar Tree.

Use a wire hanger to Organize Ribbon.

Add an extra shower rod with S hooks to hang items from for more storage space in your shower.

Get hooks and pegboards to organize your garage.

Use a broken rake as a key-holder, such a unique idea!

Organize your measuring cups using hooks.

Use an old door to create a new coat rack!

I love these hidden storage spaces that you can use in your family room.

I love all these unique Ikea Hacks!

Organize all your jewelry using a screened frame and some hooks.

Use storage bins to keep your car clean and organized.

Keep track of your opened chip bags with this pantry idea.

Repurpose empty boxes and containers for kitchen storage.

Get control of all your fabric by organizing it in a file drawer!

Clean up your kitchen spices by labeling them.

Which part of your home are you going to work on organizing first?

Superbowl Recipe Ideas Roundup ~ Pig Candy, Brownies, Dip and More

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 Bacon Pig Candy

I’m not sure about you, but I love food and football.  What better way to have some fun with family and friends.  So here are some of my favorite Superbowl recipe ideas and a few others from some friends of mine.  Enjoy!

Pig Candy - Need I say more?

Pepperoni Bread

Hip Dip

Pepperoni & Cheese Monkey Bread

Grilled Banana Boats

Loaded baked potato wheels

Bacon Roll Ups

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Butterscotch Brownies

Caramel Corn

Avocado Black Bean Corn Salsa

Homemade Beer Bread

Avocado Eggrolls

Amazon Prime 25% Off Today Only

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Amazon.com_ Amazon Prime (One Year Membership)In celebration of Amazon Studio’s recent Golden Globe wins for Transparent, Amazon will be offering Amazon Prime memberships for a discounted rate of just $72 – more than 25% off.  New members can sign-up for this limited-time Prime offer HERE.

We’ve had Amazon Prime for several  years now.  When we realized we were saving money on our Amazon purchases, like car air filters, we did some calculations and realized in the long run, we’d save money by not paying for shipping costs and getting all the Prime benefits.  It’s nice to watch shows and movies, even the kids enjoy it.  MY FAVORITE is borrowing 1 Kindle book for free each month from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.  You can even add more than one address to your account.

Amazon Prime is their special membership program that offers participants premium benefits for just $79 per year.  The ability to watch over 40,000 movies and TV episodes, anytime.  Plus, receive FREE two-day shipping on millions of products with no minimum order size along with access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Also this Saturday, in honor of the recent Golden Globes wins for Amazon Studios hit show Transparent, Amazon will be making all ten episodes of Transparent free to binge on Amazon – no membership required.

You can also GIFT Amazon prime!  What a neat gift for the Amazon lover in your family.

10 Day Money Tracking Challenge

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10 Day Money Tracking Challenge

When I was a kid I remember my grandma visiting from California and one day when I was hanging out with her in her room, I spotted a small black notebook on the dresser laying open.  I noticed a list of items and next to each was the cost of these item.  One that stuck out to me was popcorn for $1.85.  I knew all about balancing your checkbook and such, but tracking such a small amount?  I understand that this is a habit from living in during The Great Depression.

But tracking your expenses, no matter how small, is a great way to stay accountable.

There are many tips to creating a budget and as I recommended in my First Coast Living segment this week, it’s important to know where your money is going.  So I’m throwing out a 10 day money tracking challenge.  I want you to grab a small notebook or a piece of paper and a pen right now!  NOT a pencil.  You need to write this down so you can’t erase it.

If you’re married, give your spouse a notebook too.  Every day for 10 days, write down everything you spend money on.  Groceries, gas, coffee, school items for kids, lunch, EVERYTHING!

If you’re kids ask for something at the store or request money for school, have them write it in the book.  It’s an important lesson for us all.  Kids need to know that money comes out of the family account and every little bit adds up.

Don’t cheat!  

I’m telling you it will change the way you spend money.  You’ll order things differently at lunch if you have to write it down.  Water may be a better drink option if you know you’ll have to write down $5 for lunch instead of $7.50 if you ordered that soda.

So who’s in?  Share with your family and friends and lets get control of those expenses.

Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Chicken

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Broccoli Cheese Stuffed Chicken

By Contributing writer Ashley.

This is a really simple and cheap last minute meal.  I am a chicken lover and lately a broccoli lover too. My children and husband all love cheese. How could this meal fail right? This Broccoli cheese stuffed chicken will be a family hit.  And a big plus for me, the oven was on and heating up our very cold kitchen. This will be happening a lot this winter.

My chicken breasts weren’t very big, not too thick. I butterflied them. You can also pound them… I do not do this. I cannot do this. I make a mess. I destroy chicken doing this. But please, all the power to you if you can.

Broccoli Cheese Stuffed ChickenAfter butterflying my chicken breasts, I slice some cheddar cheese and chop broccoli into small pieces. Sprinkle some garlic power inside the chicken.  Add a small amount of broccoli and piece of cheese, then another small amount of broccoli. Close your butterfly and use a toothpick or a raw piece of spaghetti to keep it closed.

Sprinkle a little paprika over the top.

For easy clean up I line a baking sheet with tin foil. Line your chicken breast up as you make them.

Bake at 400 for 25 minutes or until fully cooked.

Broccoli Cheese Stuffed ChickenCheese will pour out. I haven’t figured out a way to stop this, and I have made this many, many times. There is nothing that taste a good as this! Or, at least, nothing chicken and broccoli related. This broccoli cheese combination is to die for…

 

Tips To Creating A Budget – Boot Camp Episode #1

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Tips to creating a budget

We were going to start the Saving The Family Money boot camp series once again.

So welcome to the first episode of Saving The Family Money Boot Camp!  You can refer back to any of these posts by clicking on the Boot Camp category here. STFM-Boot-Camp-3.jpg (280×394)

The first thing I recommend you do is create a budget. If you have one, now is the time to reassess it and determine what’s working and what isn’t.

Here are Tips to creating a budget and make sure you scroll to the end and see how to get the free budget worksheet.

Step #1: Write down all of your monthly expenses.  Include anything with a yearly payment as well, like Homeowners Association fees, or car tag renewal fees.  The best way to do this is gather all of your financial information from 2009, including bank statements, bills and investment statements.  Another way is to track your spending for a month. Write down everything you spend money on for a full month.  You might be surprised where it’s going.  Here’s a quick monthly expense list to get you started:

Mortgage/rent
Electric
Water
Cable/Internet
Insurance – Homeowners/Car
Food/Groceries
Gas
Household
Cell Phone
Gifts
Entertainment
Debt payments

All of my newsletter subscribers will get a free budget savings worksheet.  The yearly bills should be divided into 12 months and put into savings each month, so that you will have the money when the bill comes in.  Nothing is more frustrating than have to pay a huge bill in the middle of the year and having to scramble to find the funds.  If you budget for it, it will not become a stressor.

Step #2: Write down all of your sources of income.  Salary (Net Income or take home pay), other sources of income.

Step #3: Total all of you expenses and all of your income.  Are you bringing in more money than you are spending?  If so, you are off to a good start.  If not, you need to see where you can cut back.

Here are a few tips:

  • Call your local electric or water company and see if you can be put on the budget plan. Every company calls it something different but essentially it makes all of your monthly payments the same, instead of fluctuating monthly. Does your water bill sky rocket during the summer when you’re watering the yard more?  You will typically have to be in your residence for at least a year, so that they can take an average over the course of the year.  We normally spent under $100 a month on our water bill during the winter, but over $15o during the summer.  Now we pay $122 every month.  This helps out our monthly budget and we are not ‘surprised’ every month when the bill comes in.  They can reassess yearly if your usage changes significantly.  Many companies will do this for you.  Try calling your car insurance company, and many others.
  • Reassess your taxes.  If you get money back when you do your taxes, you may want to reassess the amount your employer is taking out of your pay checks.  Some people enjoy that nice little ‘bonus’ in April, but I prefer to keep that money in my pocket and earn interest on it, instead of the government ‘holding’ onto it for us!  Just make sure you don’t withhold too little and owe them money later.  The IRS has a withholding calculator that you can use to determine your withholding.  We adjusted ours one year and still got money back, so we adjusted it again.  Take baby steps if you’re nervous about it.
  • Consider maxing out your 401K contributions.  401(k)s let you put money from your pretax salary into a tax-deferred investment account that you control.  Contributions reduce your taxable salary and you don’t pay taxes on either contributions or earnings while you’re building the account.  If you can afford it, you should contribute at least enough to take full advantage of any company match.
  • Start a savings account.  This is a important for job loss or unexpected household repairs.  My husband’s company allows you to get your paycheck direct deposited and you can even split that into several accounts.  We’re going to agree on an amount and have that deposited into a separate account from our everyday spending.  This will be money we only touch in an emergency.
  • If you have money left over after all of your expenses are paid, consider paying yourself by giving yourself an allowance.  Even if it’s just $10, you’ll have that $10 to spend guilt free on yourself. If you and your spouse get a “guilt free fund” then you don’t have to explain to each other how you spent it.  Get that cup of coffee before work or save it up for a new pair of jeans.
  • Account for every dollar.  Start carrying around a small notebook with you and write down any purchases you make.  It’s the small purchases that can get out of hand.  You may realize you are spending $100 a month on coffee or $50 more on gas than you originally thought.
  • Differentiate between needs and wants. If you need to cut back, ask yourself if items on your budget are a need or want and assess them as a family.  For example, is cable tv a need or a want?

Set realistic goals:  If you typically spend $400 a month on groceries, try cutting that back to $350 and start clipping those coupons.  Baby steps work for us.  Cutting everything back cold turkey is just unrealistic.

*Disclaimer:  This information is written by me, wife, mother and CFO of my household :)  and should not be considered professional advice.

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Discover Your Winning Line Up at Publix and Gift Card Giveaway

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It’s time to change your game day strategy.  Publix isn’t just for food.  Now you can gear up for game day by stocking up on snacks AND my favorite personal care products. Unilever and Publix are teaming up to show how we can all “Discover More In Store” with great deals on the best in hair care, skin care and deodorant.  With a great variety at Publix, like Dove, Suave, Axe, Degree and more you can get everything on your personal care list along with anything else you need to celebrate game day. To learn more, head over to the Discover More In Store Facebook page. It’s your key destination for savings, how to’s and beauty tips.

I love when I can find extra coupons to go with the current store sales.  I’ve always recommended liking Facebook pages of brands you know and love.  The Discover more in store facebook page has links to c0upons to help you save money.

Here are a few Unilever items on sale at Publix now and coupons to go with them, so you can save more:

AXE Shampoo or Conditioner 12-12.9 oz., Axe Body Spray 4 oz. – $4.49
$0.50/1 Axe: Bodyspray, 4 oz; Antiperspirant and Deodorant, 2.7 oz; or Deodorant, 3 oz; Excludes Trial and Travel sizes – Publix Digital Coupon
$1.00/1 Axe Hair Product; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Maximum 2 Identical Coupons Allowed In Same Shopping Trip – 1-4-15 RP
STACKS WITH $1.00/1 Axe Hair Care Purchase of $5 or More; Excludes Trial/Travel Size (Target Coupon)
OR
STACKS WITH $2.00/2 Axe Products, 2.64 – 16 oz (Publix Coupon) – Health & Beauty Advantage Flyer (Valid from 1-17-15)

Use $1/1 Coupon; Combine with $1/1 Target Coupon (if you buy over $5)

Degree Deodorant with Motionsense, 2 oz – $3.49
Use $2.00 on any ONE (1) Degree® Men’s Dry Spray Antiperspirant (excludes trial & travel sizes)
Final Price: $1.49

Dove Advanced Deodorant, 2.6 oz – $4.99
$1.00/1 Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture; Excludes Trial or Travel Size; Maximum 2 Identical Coupons Allowed In Same Shopping Trip
Final Price: $3.99

Dove Beauty Bar, Dove Men + Care or Dove, 2 ct – $2.49

Dove Body Wash, 22 – 24 oz – $5.49
$1.00/1 Dove Body Wash, 18 oz or Larger; Excludes Men + Care; Maximum 2 Identical Coupons Allowed In Same Shopping Trip – 1-4-15 RP
STACKS WITH $2.00/3 Dove Products: Beauty Bar, 6 ct or Larger; Body Wash, 13.5 oz or Larger; Deodorant, 1.7 oz or Larger; or Hair Products, 5 oz or Larger (Publix Coupon) – Health & Beauty Advantage Flyer (Valid from 1-17-15)
Final Price: $3.83
Buy 3: Use (3) $1/1 Coupon;Combine with $2/3 Dove Products

Pond’s Skin Cream or Towettes, 3 – 10 oz or 30 ct – 30% OFF

St. Ives Skin Care – 30% OFF

Suave Products, 2.6 to 28 oz, Mix or Match, $1.71+
$1/2 Suave Products, 2.6 to 28 oz, Mix or Match Health & Beauty Advantage Buy Flyer In-Ad Publix Coupon (valid 1/17 to 1/30)
STACKS WITH: $1.50/1 Suave Professionals Shampoo and Conditioner Product, exp. 1/24/15 (RP 01/04/15 #2) Excludes silver and green 12.6-oz. size and trial; Limit 2
-$2/1 Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Product, (RP 01/04/15 #2) Limit 2
OR -$2/1 Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Product Printable
Final Price: Varies

Unilever and Publix have also teamed up to offer my readers a $25 Publix gift card, Enter below:

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*Disclaimer: This post is written by me and is sponsored by Lunchbox.