November 6, 2011


Wow it has been a month since I last posted.... Long month at that.... Amanda got a job and then another so she is good =) She is going to be working at CVS overnight 10 pm to 6 am  good pay and she is happy. Mike is doing better in school and I am just chugging along .. Last weekend we had 6 inches of snow and a TON of trees were < and still are3 > down ... people w/o power Crazy weather. I am going to try and post more often , hopefully I can .. Busy time of the year and all the dinners and parties ,,, I shall be busy...
Hope you are all having a Grand Weekend !!

October 6, 2011


Going to be a bit nippy here this evening and then 80 degree weather... I love living in PA
It has been almost 2 weeks since Mom Passed and I am doing ok.. I still have moments and I am sure I always will. Hope everyone is doing good...
I will be posting normally on my days off and trying other times as well.

New Site They have a Facebook Page : Cuckoo for Coupons and Coupon Binderz they are also running a contest to win TWO FULLY LOADED Coupon Binderz !!!

There is the link for the contest and they also have a free APP < i have android phone > Awesome APP

October 2, 2011

Awesome Recipe

For the dough
1 russet (baking) potato (about 1/2 pound)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
1 envelope (about 2 1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 to 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
3/4 cup firm packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
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Make the dough:
In a small saucepan combine the potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces, with enough water to cover it by 1 inch and simmer it, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it is very tender. Drain the potato well, force it through a ricer into a bowl, and stir in 2 tablespoons of the water. In a small bowl proof the yeast in the remaining 1/2 cup water for 5 minutes, or until the mixture is foamy. In a large bowl stir together well the yeast mixture, the mashed potato, the sugar, the butter, the egg, and the salt, add 2 1/2 cups of the flour, and stir the dough until it is combined well. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it for 8 to 10 minutes, adding as much of the remaining 1/2 cup flour as is necessary to form a smooth and elastic dough. Transfer the dough to a buttered large bowl, turning it to coat it with the butter, let it rise, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until it is double in bulk, and punch it down. The dough may be made 1 day in advance and kept covered and chilled. Bring the dough to room temperature before continuing with the recipe.
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Press the dough evenly in a buttered 13- by 9-inch baking pan and let it rise, covered with a kitchen towel, in a warm place for 30 to 45 minutes, or until it is puffed. Make indentations all over the top of the dough with your thumb and scatter the butter over the dough. In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar and the cinnamon and sprinkle the mixture evenly over the dough. Bake the cake in the middle of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until it is dark brown and cooked through. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes and cut it into squares.

September 30, 2011


I so love my children this is what my Daughter Amanda wrote on my Facebook wall

Amanda Sellitti posted to Michelle Hutter Belt
Mom I know your going through a hard time right now. It is never easy losing someone, specially your mother. Grammy loves you no matter what and she is proud of you. No matter what she never stopped loving you. She will be in your heart always and forever. You are a wonderful mother yourself and i am proud of you. Everything will be ok in good time but for the time i will always be here for you. Hang in there mommy i love you.  She know how to make me smile

September 26, 2011


Good Morning
Hot and humid again here today ... 24 hrs w.out breaking down ,... This is so hard When I was little I thought my Mom would live forever and she would always be there... So hard .. She was a colorful person and always lived life to the fullest .. Never worried about what others thought ... but was often hurt by their words.. I guess no one really understood her she was hurting inside all she wanted was to be loved by someone and not made to feel guilty ..or stupid .. No one really ever saw that side of her ... I did and not that she wanted me to .. When Joe passed she was heart broken and asked who will love me like that again ... I love my Mom and I miss her something awful and I will always treasure the life I had with her ,, the good the bad and the ugly .. She always loved me and never judged .. Be at peace Mom I will take care of it all like I always did .. Love you Mom

Cool Link I found 9.26.2011

Here is a cool site I found where I was able to print out a $ 5.00 Coupon off Brita Products
Filter For Good: Pledge to reduce bottled water waste.

September 23, 2011


Yesterday was a very sad day ,,, My Mother passed away ,,, She is in a better place and she is happy ... She has Alzheimer /diabetes < main issues > Now she is at peace...

I will miss her everyday ... Love you Mom

September 18, 2011


Brrrrr cold this week ... Had to break out the heaters.. It is suppose to warm up a bit but not much ...
I am just going to relax today and get caught up on Facebook / Emails ./ offers and my
Have a blessed weekend

September 14, 2011


Good Morning
How is everyone ?  We are good so
I am going to be calling the school soon to get Mike's issues all set up and hopefully I can get the school to pay for Night School ... There is a program that can help and I am going to try .. everything is salary based and not what  I bring home but what I gross < which is no where near what I bring home >
Then Amanda has a Dr Appt today with her Psychiatrist so she can get on the right meds to help her as well. Alot  going on here this week but I will be good.. hoping to make a Library run today as well.
Weather is OK here and going to get a little cooler tomorrow and some places may see frost this week... I am ready for cooler days and nights 
The dog are getting restless and more hyper than normal... I think they feel all the stress here ... We will be fine just need some Steve and Michelle time..
Have a awesome day ...

September 11, 2011


this makes is real. Before





9.11.2010 to 9.11.2011 : It has been 10 yrs and it feels like yesterday I sat at home ... alone watching the horror unfold ... Waiting for my children to be home from school and wanting to never let them out of my sight and wondering why ? please tell me why?
IN MEMORY OF ALL WE LOST, THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11-STATISTICS: Times of impact: 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m. Time the burning towers stood: 56 minutes and 102 minutes. Time they took to fall: 12 seconds. 2819 dead from 115 different nations. 343 Fireman/paramedics, 23 NYPD, 37 Port Authority officers.
Thank you ... You were the bravest of men and women that day risking you life to save others. Bless you !!!
I for one will never forget !!!

September 8, 2011


It is getting bad here in PA with the flooding ... towns near me are flooded badly and people are evacuating .. Hershey Park in Hershey PA is flooded and they have lost animals from the Zoo there... very sad. So far " knock on wood " we are not flooded and we can get around. This rain is crazy any more we are going to building an Arc ---
It is also Humid and we cannot keep the windows open so we are having to run AC during the day and fans at night.. Hopefully soon we can have some dry weather .. I so wish we could send our rain to Texas with the fires..
Other than the weather things are good ... Mike my ds and Steve my dh went to pick up their new rats... They love the small furry rodents and take very good care > we recently lost the 2 we had and the house is not the same without the squeaky
I will try and keep you updated on the weather you can go to or for pictures and stories.
Have a safe weekend

September 7, 2011


Good Morning
It is still raining here is PA ,,, I wish I could sent this to Texas they need rain badly --
I am going to be adding some links on the page here today for different recipe and cooking sites...
I am hoping to get some things done around here today ,,, but ... the rain makes me .. I do have to call the school because I need to get my son to re take English < he failed last year > and hopefully not have him go to Night school , that is 200.00 I do not have... sighs ,, soon he will be done and i will not have to deal with the schools anymore .. It is sad really the schools around me have gone down hill and seem to have stopped caring ..
it took me over 5 years to get them to test him for ADHD and it took literally threatening to go to the school board .. very sad .. and he was officially diagnosed and has the Meds he needs and is doing better.
Hopefully you have a wonderful week
Thank you for stopping by

September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day to all !!!
Just getting ready to start making the fixins for a BBQ .. chicken / veggies and
Not a bog picnic as we are in between pays and I have some saved up chicken and things...
Glad I have off today
Rainy and HUMID in PA Good news is all next week in the 70's .... WOOT ... I love fall and Spring .. If I had that all year I would be good
I love PA ..beautiful country side  here and awesome mountains and just beautiful --- Just the weather is unpredictable =)
Well I hope you all have a safe and wonderful Holiday !!

September 1, 2011

A list I found for a good stocked pantry

Dried Goods:
Coffee, tea
Cornmeal, cornstarch
Dry cereals
All purpose flour, bread flour, cake flour
Granulated Sugar, powdered sugar
Jellies, jams and preserves
Peanut butter
Nuts and seeds

Canned Goods:
Low sodium chicken broth
Canned fruit (pineapple, peaches, fruit cocktail, applesauce)
Tomatoes: diced, paste, sauce
Tuna, salmon
Canned vegetables (especially peas and corn)
Canned beans
Spaghetti Sauce
Olives and pickles
Basic Baking Supplies:
Baking Powder
Baking Soda
Chocolate Chips
Dark chocolate
Brown sugar
Vanilla Extract
Dried Spices:
Black pepper
Chili Powder
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Chicken bouillon cubes
Soy sauce
Barbecue sauce
Vegetable oil
Olive oil
Cooking spray
Maple syrup
Salad dressing
Perishable Items:
Bread (including bagels, buns and English muffins), pretzels and crackers
Dairy - milk, eggs, butter, cheese, yogurt.
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Onions and garlic
Meat, Fish and Poultry
This is a very basic pantry list – there are many more items you can add, according to your taste and preferences. To make sure everything runs smoothly, do remember to replace items as they run out. We do it by having a shopping list posted on the fridge – whenever we notice that we are about to run out of an item, we immediately add it to the list. 
Here is the site I got the list :


I think I am done for today...LOL.. I shall return on my next day off..
Have a Blessed day

Love this picture

This would be an excellent house .. except for the water...LOL  on Twitpic

Son saving a parking space

Test on Twitpic

Cool place

Cool Information

I found this site in my many emails I get...LOL

I give you  a disaster checklist...and other cool stuff ...

Check it out

New Site I found

Other links to this site are on my Freebie page

Here are some new sites I found for Freebies

These are some cool sites : 


Another sunny day here is PA ... It is getting warmer and Mr. Humidity is coming back --- I am so happy ... < can you hear the sarcasm > LOL ... My son < mike > has been back to school for 3 days now and is asking when can I have summer vacation again ,,, Having 3 days off a week is a good thing and I am loving it .. The whole " maybe not having a job next year " is starting to get to em and I am stocking up now ... I work for a wireless phone company and we may be bought out and loose our jobs sooooo.. Maybe i can make a living blogging Well I am going to be adding some more links here and hopefully you will find a good deal !!! TTFN Michelle

August 29, 2011

Referral Link
this is the site :
I just got a collapsible water bottle for FREE---- $10.00 sign up bonus > Bottle is $5.00 and free shipping !!

Another Blog

This is a New Blog ...

- HealthCommunities

- HealthCommunities

August 28, 2011

I survived Irene .. So far

Hey all ... It is 7:30 am est on 8.28.2011 and we have power > Water and no major damage .. I got about 2 hours sleep as I was up most of the night making sure all was ok... I got to leave work yesterday at 4 pm < they closed down > and I am off today... we lost power for maybe 10 seconds but it came back on.. I am thanking God for getting us through ..
Hope everyone on the East Coast is safe...

August 24, 2011

Earthquake ?

Yea kind of crazy feeling an earthquake yesterday but yup sure did .. I was at work and kept asking WHY are you shaking my desk Little did I know ..
Hope all is well with everyone .. Going to pick up Mike's glasses tomorrow and pay my LAST repayment payment and then back to a Normal Mortgage ... saving of about 200.00 per month..
I cannot wait ..
We will go grocery shopping .. Hubby ran out for bread today and got Wheat .50 a loaf at Aldis .. They mark it down when it is out of date or going out of date and we have bought 20 loaves once that were .25 each... we LOVE bread...LOL
Have an awesome weekend !!

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August 18, 2011

Good Morning

Morning all

Kind of cloudy here in PA and Humid again ... I am feeling better today still in a blah mood ... But this shall pass soon I hope...
I guess some people just aggravate me and I should stop letting that happen and just realize I have my family > Health and a job -- So all is good
Hope everyone is having a great summer .. I see Texas finally got rain .. WOOT !!!
Well I am signing off for the day

August 11, 2011


I am on Facebook
I do play the games..
Cafe World


Cool Blog

Here is a blog for Lancaster PA

Beautiful Country

Local Offers

These are offers from Lancaster PA so they are only for PA ... Sorry

More Stuff from my Email

Some Coupons

Got some good links in my email

Softsoap Hand Soap $1.00, On Sale at K-Mart thru 8/13
Use $1.00/1 Softsoap from Kmart Shop Your Way Coupon Booklet
Final Price: Free

Blockbuster Rental
These codes expire on August 15
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Good Morning

Good Morning

Today is just a blah day ... Economy going crazy and me the only one working and I watching these reality shows and wonder .. Seriously !! I have been in a funk lately because I am living paycheck to paycheck and trying to cut back and not sure where to start --- Then the show Downsizing comes on and I though Hmmm maybe I can learn something and then as I am watching it hits me ... How can they complain when they are getting paid to have their lives on TV --- How is this a bad thing .. any of the Housewives of shows .. Seriously the biggest thing you have to worry about is whether to get a cappuccino or a decaf -- I said I was in a funk. I need work on my house and I have tried to get then best deal for my dollar and no deals... I ever offered to help and so did my DH and they said we could not form insurance reasons.. SO I am looking up online how to fix and repair and go from there. So if anyone living in Bethlehem PA knows of anyone or where I can look online for a good Handy Man ... I am willing to help !
I do make a decent hourly wage < between 19.00 and 20.00 per hour > Insurance for me and family is about 160.00 a month for full coverage > it is all the taxes .. Since Steve and I are not legally married > it is a domestic partnership form now > I also have a 401k and that is doing OK for now-- I had to borrow against it for < Emergency > Washer and Fridge died at the same time just sit and look at all the things that are taken out of my paycheck ... SS Tax < may not be there for me when i retire > Privilege Tax , I live in PA , it is NO longer a privilege to work .. Medicare Tax > again may not be there for me when I retire , City Tax . for 2 cities and I work in 1 and live in another , State Tax , FICA , It just seems like WHERE does this money go ????
Steve has been looking for work for over 3 years .. he had a job and we had to take care of my Mother and he stayed home with her --- She has been in a home for about 3 years now but so far only temp jobs ---
I am not looking for sympathy or anything I just needed to vent..
WE have our health , family and love so we are good ...
Sorry for the vent but i do feel better for now ...LOL
Have a great day all

July 6, 2011

Baby Caylee

PLEASE join me !!!!

June 1, 2011


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May 29, 2011

Happy Memorial Day !!

Happy Memorial Day !! I hope everyone is having a safe and happy Holiday weekend .. I am going to have family BBQ and have some MUCH needed family time ..
I hope you are all enjoying this blog .. I am very new and learning all the time !

Here are some sites to visit for coupons

NEw Site I Found

May 19, 2011

Good Morning

OK so I started a new schedule this week 6:00 am to 5:00 pm -- So far so good.. I am getting used to the hours and new team -- new boss.. we have a realignment every 6 months so.. will keep you all posted..
Today I am going to be paying the mortgage : 3 months to go until the repayment plan is done and then life will be easier ,,

Also have yo get my fur babies their food .. I wish I had a good recipe for making dog food.. I would so price it out and compare to buying .. I have 6 dogs tanging in age from 9 yrs. to 1 yr. and they are all Lab < one is a mix but she has lab in her>

So if anyone has a recipe email me :

I am going to go get things ready and such
Have a Blessed day !

May 8, 2011

But With me Site

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all pet and kid Mommies and the Daddies that are Moms also
You are loved and appreciated everyday ..

Here are some Facebook links

script provided by Frugal Hacks

May 5, 2011

New Site I belong to

Here is a cool site I joined ... Check it out

Cool site

You can join and refer me and I get 10 points you can get allot more ..

April 24, 2011

CVS Trip

CVS has Dove Mens Deodorant on sale $0.99 for 1 > 2.7 and 3.0 oz. >
So I had 4 $1.00 off Dove Mens Deodorant < 3 newspaper and 1 printed > and I got a CVS Sparkling Water < 12 for $ 10.00 > 1 ran up for 0.84 and my total came to $1.91 with Tax as the printed coupon would not scan and they would not take it ...
So from a total off : 20.80 < before tax > to $ OOP #$ 1.91 total ...
WOOT ... I have no more coupons but that is a good deal..
Thank you to all my Blog friends for reminding me !!!

April 17, 2011

New Site I found < Squidoo >


Ebates Referral Link

Swag Bucks

Couponing 101: Stockpiling – Food Expiration Dates

Thank you Budget Savvy Diva : this is Good Information to have ...
An important thing to consider when starting and maintaining a stockpile is expiration dates. If you buy stuff that you can’t use before it goes bad, well, then that’s not a good deal right?
There are some items that might surprise you on how long they can keep if unopened and stored properly.

Here’s a list:

Brown sugar
Indefinite shelf life, stored in a moistureproof container in a cool, dry place.

Coffee, canned ground
Unopened: 2 years
Opened: 1 month refrigerated

Coffee, gourmet
Beans: 3 weeks in paper bag, longer in vacuum-seal bag (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

Ground: 1 week in sealed container

Coffee, instant
Unopened: Up to 2 years
Opened: Up to 1 month

Diet soda (and soft drinks in plastic bottles)
Unopened: 3 months from “best by” date.
Opened: Doesn’t spoil, but taste is affected.

Dried pasta
12 months

Frozen dinners
Unopened: 12 to 18 months

Frozen vegetables
Unopened: 18 to 24 months
Opened: 1 month

Indefinite shelf life

Juice, bottled (apple or cranberry)
Unopened: 8 months from production date
Opened: 7 to 10 days

Unopened: 1 year (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)
Opened or used: 4 to 6 months (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

Maple syrup, real or imitation
1 year

Maraschino cherries
Unopened: 3 to 4 years
Opened: 2 weeks at room temperature; 6 months refrigerated

Unopened: 40 weeks
Opened: 3 months

Unopened: Indefinitely
Opened: 2 to 3 months from “purchase by” date (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

2 years (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

Olives, jarred (green with pimento)
Unopened: 3 years
Opened: 3 months

Olive oil
2 years from manufacture date (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

Unopened: 1 to 2 years unless frozen or refrigerated
Opened: 1 to 2 weeks in airtight container

Peanut butter, natural
9 months

Peanut butter, processed (Jif)
Unopened: 2 years
Opened: 6 months; refrigerate after 3 months

Unopened: 18 months
Opened: No conclusive data. Discard if slippery or excessively soft.

Protein bars (PowerBars)
Unopened: 10 to 12 months. Check “best by” date on the package.

Rice, white
2 years from date on box or date of purchase

Salad dressing, bottled
Unopened: 12 months after “best by” date
Opened: 9 months refrigerated

Soda, regular
Unopened: In cans or glass bottles, 9 months from “best by” date
Opened: Doesn’t spoil, but taste is affected

Steak sauce
33 months (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

5 years, stored in a cool, dry place

Tea bags (Lipton)
Use within 2 years of opening the package

Tuna, canned
Unopened: 1 year from purchase date
Opened: 3 to 4 days, not stored in can

Soy sauce, bottled
Unopened: 2 years
Opened: 3 months (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)

42 months

Worcestershire sauce
Unopened: 5 to 10 years (after this time, color or flavor may be affected, but product is still generally safe to consume)
Opened: 2 years

April 14, 2011

Good Day

Good day it is sunny and about 60 here in PA and loving the weather ... Now if the water were better.. we had a HUGE water main break and we had very low pressure and then nothing for 24 hrs. Went out bought water and when I got back water was on but looked like mud and we are in a BOIL Water time until hopefully tomorrow .. then we can use water again.. Wow you never know about these things and it makes me think .. I need to have some on hand for this -- We have a lot of construction going on with the new Casino's going up and You just never know .. So we are planning to stock up after this ... not to bad of a time except for flushing .. that was a challenge ...
Other than that things have calmed down a bit and when I have a little extra time I will elaborate for you all --- Have an Awesome weekend everyone ...

April 7, 2011

Here are some tips for couponing

Thank you Saving Money in Missouri ~

April 3, 2011

Frugal Sites

Bzz Agent

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March 30, 2011

Good Afternoon

Hope everyone is having a good day .... I am trying to get better at this and it is slowly comming together ... I have had a long and weary week...

March 25, 2011

Another Site

I should really condense these..LOL

Frugal Friday Blog Hop

Frugal Friday Blog Hop

March 24, 2011

Frugal Page

Here is some cool information ...

I got this link via L The Frugal Free Gal :

10 Ways to Slightly Increase Your Income
Everywhere you turn nowadays, you can be guaranteed to hear a laundry list worth of complaints about the economy and rising gas prices. It’s not just the pessimistic grumbling this time, times are really and truly legitimately tough. Even the most optimistic people I know are at least feeling the pain at the pump. Something about this economic crisis has me a bit perplexed though. Amidst all the complaints, I don’t hear many solutions or fixes being suggested. It seems we’ve accepted our fate and are content to ride out this blip (hopefully) on our radar with a few well targeted rants and facebook status updates.
The truth is, there are things that we can do to make our lives easier and to ease our newfound financial burdens. There are small, but significant and valid ways of increasing your income without working the graveyard shift at your local fast food joint.
Here are 10 ways to slightly increase your income and reduce your economic frustrations:
Make a budget-First and foremost, if you don’t have a budget, make one. I’d like to leave this out and assume that this is the first place that most people start when their wallet is feeling light. The truth is, some people don’t know how to budget. Or they don’t think having a budget will help them. It will! Write down where your money needs to go and follow it up by recording where your money truly goes.
Shop strategically-Learn to use coupons, make grocery lists and menu plans and you’ll significantly reduce a huge chunk of your budget in one quick swoop.
Take advantage of deals, freebies and coupon codes-We all have necessities. This doesn’t mean we need to pay top dollar for our clothing, toiletries or cleaning supplies. Learn how to spot a bargain, and when you see a freebie sign up for it! (I recommend using an alternate email address when signing up for freebies online. Not for any sinister reasons, simply so you don’t clog your personal inbox with the inevitable emails those companies will send out)
DIY-Learn to do things yourself. From scratch cooking to home repair, there are so many services and goods that we contract out every single year. Teach yourself how to do a few things on your own and not only have you immediately saved money, you’ve taught yourself a skill that will continue to be a money saver for the rest of your life!
Take those newfound talents and sell yourself-Okay, not in the literal sense obviously. However, you now have a marketable talent that can make a small side income. Don’t assume that just because you know how to do something, that everyone else does. Or that they even want to!
On the same token, look at what you do professionally/daily and see if you can translate that into a side income as well.-Are you a teacher? Tutor on the side. Are you a computer repairmen? Start a small computer repair business from home in your off hours. Stay home with your kids? Watch a few of your friends kids in your home.
Make money online-You can start small with surveys and getting paid for emails. You can start a money making blog. Write for Associated Content or Viewpoints, or one of the dozen other freelance writing sites.
Sell your stuff-This doesn’t have to be original works of art you’ve created. Sell your old textbooks, clothes, books, etc on Ebay, Craigslist or even Facebook (to your friends and family). We all have stuff laying around that might not be useful to us, but might be treasure to someone else!
Negotiate with everyone-Call all those people you pay every month and see if you can negotiate for better rates or cheaper packages. You might be surprised how many companies are willing to drop your monthly rates just because you picked up the phone!
Downgrade-If times are really hitting you hard, it might be time to take a serious look at your lifestyle and your budget and make some cuts. Downgrade down to 1 vehicle, cut your cable package, give up the expensive kids activities, etc.
We can be proactive in cutting our expenses and increasing our income even in the current economy. There are areas of improvement available for all of us. So while I might still grumble and complain, I know that there are things that I can do! I’m not helpless, there certainly is hope…with plenty to go around.
Heather loves to write about frugal living over on her blog Family Friendly Frugality. She is from good ol’ Texas and resides there with her husband and her two young children. Stop by and stay awhile!

Here are some goodies from today

March 9, 2011

Here is a HUGE list

**** Update *** Just letting you know out of the 20 I have emailed so far only 3 did not send coupons. I am going to give a complete update after I email them all adn I might add to the list. Happy Couponing !!

This is a list of sites you can email and ask for coupons.. the worst that will happen is they say o.. I emailed them all last year and 90% sent me coupons... others sent a thank you email ..
Here is a Generic Letter form also < you can add and make it your own > There are 154 Companies ..

I am emailing you to let you know I love < enter product here >. We yse this product in different recipes > and family meals > we have been using for a long time and just wanted you to know we appreciate all the work you do to bring this product to my table.
I was wondering if you could send some money saving coupons? In this day and age allot of stores are not fond of printed coupons.
Again thankyou for everything you do !!!

1. BirdsEye
2. Sensodyone
3. Starkist Tuna
4. Idahoan
5. Cole's Garlic Bread
6. Arm & Hammer
7. Windex
8. Uncle Ben's
9. Whiskas
10. Lipton
11. Zatarains
12. Mrs. T's Pierogies
13. 9 Lives
14. Barber Foods
15. Banquet
16. Del Monte Veggies
17. Blue Diamond
18. Florida's Natural
19. Campbell's
20. Jose Ole
21. Malt O Meal
22. Haagen Dazs
23. Tillamook
24. Michelena's
25. Kotex
26. Luigi's Italian Ice
27. Thomas'
28. Hostess
29. Edy's
30. Tyson
31. Hatfield
32. Hillshire Farm
33. Bic
34. Eucerin
35. Farm Rich
36. Kozy Shack
37. Mt. Olive
38. Pilgrim's Pride
39. Healthy Balance
40. Mrs. Smith's
41. Helluva Good
42. Perdue
43. Viva Paper Towel
44. Edward's Pies
45. Electrasol
46. Woolite
47. Kashi
48. Schick
49. Smart Ones
50. Georgia Pacific
51. Ling Ling's
52. Horizon
53. Land O Lakes
54. Sargento
55. Dannon
56. Bolthouse Juice
57. Hefty
58. Tribe Hummus
59. 7 Up
60. Morningstar Farms
61. Welch's
62. McCain's Fries
63. Vlasic
64. Stonyfield Farm
65. Keebler
66. Celestial Seasonings
67. Boboli
68. Entemman's
69. Arnold Bread
70. Freihof's Bread
71. Tree Ripe OJ
72. Wonder Bread
73. Hebrew National
74. St. Ives
75. Ronzoni
76. Tropicana
77. Ball Park Franks
78. Clorox
79. White Castle
80. PictSweet
81. Lean Cuisine
82. Olivio customerservice@...
83. Tide
84. Oust
85. Chef Boyardee
86. Propel
87. Bagel Bites heinzconsumeraffairs@...
88. Snapple
89. Clearasil
90. Rumba Juice
91. Luna Bars
92. Mott's
93. White House Applesauce
94. Natures Own Breads
95. Cascadian Farms
96. Brach's Candy
97. Fast Fixin's
98. Carl Budding
99. Bar-S Hot Dogs
100. Hawaiian Punch
101. Bigelow Tea
102. El Montery
103. Wylers Soups
104. Nexcare
105. Sunny Delight
106. Freschetta
107. Dunkin Donuts
108. Blistex
109. Little Crow Foods
110. Promise
111. Pepperidge Farm
112. Greenies
113. Crayola
115.Gorton's Fish
116. Hanes
117. Marie Calendar
118. Pine-Sol
119. Foster Farms
120. General Mills
121. Rhodes Bread customersatisfaction@...
122. Breyers
123. Duncan Hines
124. Sea Pak Shrimp
125. Dole
126. Mama Mary's
127. IBC Root Beer
128. Dial Soap
129. Bakers Joy
130. Jennie-O Turkey
131. Barbara's Bakery
132. Ian's Natural
133. Hansen's Beverage
134. Alexia Foods
135. Brown Cow Yogurt
136. Ocean Spray
137. Flat Out Bread feedback@...
138. Rudi's Organic
139. Mussleman's Applesauce
140. Skinny Cow
141. Baker's Inn Bread ravindernath@...
142. Lactaid
143. Silk Soy Milk
144. Shady Brook Farms
145. Mrs. Dash
146. Rice Dream
147.Blue Bunny
148. Sobe
149. Michangelo's Frozen Entrees
150. Mission Tortillas
151. State Fair Corn Dogs
152. Splenda
153. Equal Exchange
154. Odwalla

March 6, 2011

Found Another Cool Site

Heads up

Walmart Coupon Policy : check the starred one .. interesting

Walmart Coupon Policy

Walmart accepts the following types of coupons (see guidelines below):

Manufacturers' coupons
Print-at-home internet coupons
Must be legible, have "Manufacturer Coupon" printed on them, have a valid remit address for the manufacturer, valid expiration date, and have a scannable bar code.
Competitors' coupons that feature a specific item for a specified price
for example, $2.99
Soft drink container caps
Checkout coupons
(also called "Catalinas") that are printed at our competitors' registers, have "Manufacturer Coupon" with specific requirements printed on them, a valid remit address for the manufacturer, valid expiration date, and a scannable bar code.
Walmart does not accept the following coupons:

Print-at-home Internet coupons that require no purchase
Competitors' coupons for dollars/cents or percentage off, buy one get one free, and double- or triple-value coupons
The following are guidelines and limitations:

Only one coupon per item is permitted.
Coupons must have an expiration date and be redeemed prior to expiration.
******Coupons may exceed the price of the item. Change may be given or applied toward the cost of the basket purchase.**********
Walmart only accepts coupons for merchandise that we sell.
Coupons must be presented at the time of purchase.
We accept the following with Customer Service Supervisor/Management approval:
40 or more coupons
Any coupon over $20
$50 or more in coupons in one transaction

March 5, 2011

Good Morning

Just a quick HI ... Getting ready for work and then OFF tomorrow and blogging can be done .. as long as I have no interruptions...LOL.. with 6 dogs > 2 Teenagers > one DH there are going to be interruptions...LOL..
Oh well hope all is well with everyone !!
Hopefully soon my blog will be a bit more active..

March 3, 2011

Good Morning

Hey stumbled on this site .... --- There was a contest for

March 2, 2011


I am so bad at this blog thing... Sorry everyone .. Very Long weeks... I finally have a new car and I will post a picture here soon.. Now i can get back to normal..My Finance and I have started the 2 week meal planning -- So far so good we have it planned and bought for under 200.00 > we are just starting out on this so it is a work in progress. We are also making a to do list everyday and getting thing done and organized again and back on track.
I am hoping you are all enjoying this blog please any feedback is appreciated !!

February 13, 2011

Purple Foodie Site

Cool Site

New Site

New Site

Manic Mother

Some new links

Here are some links for being Frugal

New Site

Printable Coupon: Forever 21 30% off regular-priced intimates and sleepwear

Printable Coupon: Forever 21 30% off regular-priced intimates and sleepwear

5 New Huggies Enjoy The Ride Rewards Points!

5 New Huggies Enjoy The Ride Rewards Points!

February 9, 2011


Trying this from my phone


I think I am done posting for the day...LOL
If you have any tips or tricks or sites you use post em and let me know.

Stop Junk Mail Not sure about this one.. look like there may be a fee ... this one does have a fee of 19.99 look like a one time fee.


Here is a referral link for me if you are interested

Let me know if it works ..

Green Deals

Living Social

Cool site for deals ... Pick your city and sign up


Tea Tree Treasure
Nothing natural works for mold and mildew as well as this spray. I’ve used it successfully on a moldy ceiling from a leaking roof, on a musty bureau, a musty rug, and a moldy shower curtain. Tea tree oil is expensive, but a little goes a very long way. Note that the smell of tea tree oil is very strong, but it will dissipate in a few days.

2 teaspoons tea tree oil
2 cups water

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse. Makes two cups.

Vinegar Spray
Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82 percent of mold. Pour some white distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle, spray on the moldy area, and let set without rinsing if you can put up with the smell. It will dissipate in a few hours.

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Keep a clean spray bottle filled with straight 5 percent vinegar in your kitchen near your cutting board and in your bathroom and use them for cleaning. I often spray the vinegar on our cutting board before going to bed at night, and don’t even rinse but let it set overnight. The smell of vinegar dissipates within a few hours. Straight vinegar is also great for cleaning the toilet rim. Just spray it on and wipe off.

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1/2 teaspoon oil, such as olive (or jojoba, a liquid wax)
1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar. Dab a soft rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces. Cover the glass jar and store indefinitely.

Read more about alternative furniture polish here.

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1/2 teaspoon washing soda
A dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot tap water

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.

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1 cup or more baking soda
A squirt or two of liquid detergent

Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, then cover the grime with enough baking soda that the surface is totally white. Sprinkle some more water over the top. Let the mixture set overnight. You can easily wipe up the grease the next morning because the grime will have loosened. When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess, dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge, and wash the remaining residue from the oven. If this recipe doesn’t work for you it is probably because you didn’t use enough baking soda and/or wat

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Window Cleaner

1/4-1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups water
Spray bottle

Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up a bit, and use as you would a commercial brand. The soap in this recipe is important. It cuts the wax residue from the commercial brands you might have used in the past.

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Here are some frugal links

Baking soda
Washing soda
White distilled vinegar
A good liquid soap or detergent
Tea tree oil
6 clean spray bottles
2 glass jars

Simply pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, and wash the surface. This is the perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit.

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I am going to post some Frugal Websites for cooking and cleaners and such I use all the time ..
Hope these can help you all..


Good Morning all

I just checked and income tax is going to be in my account February 11, 2011 and I am excited... New Car time !! I have about 2,000 to spend so hopefully I will find a good one ..
I am happy... Bills being paid and caught up and also stocking up on necessities for the year.. I got to Dollar Tree and spend about 100.00 for all my Shampoo > Conditioner > Body Wash > Deodorant > Fabric Softener > etc and I am good for a year ... Ysy ! And also going to stock up on Dog Food > Paper Products > Stuff to make Laundry Soap > Cleaners etc... I am so excited !!

Gamefly Cool Site

This is a cool way to get video games with NO late fees !! I have been a member since 2004 15.00 and rent the game play as long as you want return and then get another game... you get discounts > can buy the games at a reduced price !!

Buy One Month, Get One FREE!

February 3, 2011

Signing of for now

I am going to go and getting the chores done and I shall return.. Cold here in PA and ice and snow ... dogs are having fun... but me brrrrrr.. !! More snow expected Saturday and then Tuesday.. this is becoming a pattern ... Yay !

Here is the link

Doe some reason I cannot get my links to work properly... I am so sorry but I am looking into it ..

Saving money cooking

Here are a few tips to save money on utilities

New Blogs
Interesting and allot of useful tips here

Good Morning

The day after the blizzard and I am in PA so I got allot of ice and water... So we faired better than most .. We did not lose power and were nice a warm with all the preparing we do...
I am on the lookout for a Kerosene Heater ... Wooden Stove and a generator for not allot of money . and maybe we can survive better lol..
Also Income Tax check time again and we are going to do out annual stocking up and making sure we have the basics for the year...
So I will be posting her from time to time today.
Enjoy !

February 2, 2011

Facebook and Twitter!/MichelleStephen
If you want to follow me there as well... I do play some of the games on Facebook.. =)

Thank you

I just want to thank all my followers ...!! I appreciate this very much..
As I spend another day in the house and snowy and icy stuff can stay outside...
This is just the weather in PA.

February 1, 2011


I am home right in between hospital and dh with kidney stones ... I am also learning more and more about blogging and how to make it all work..LOL
Hope everyone is safe > This weather is crazy... snow and ice and snow again ...
Be safe out there and I will be posting some things to help keep you warm this winter ..

New Blog

a mom blog community!

New Blog

January 30, 2011


I am still relaxing and not really getting stuff I am also going to be going through recipes > MYO > and posting here... I am also thinking of starting my own frugal Group on Yahoo but not sure yet.. If I do I will post it here...
Mom is back in the hospital she had a fever of 103 .. She has Alzhimers > Dimensia > Diabetes and she is fighting an infection in her blood ... Very Sad and Up and down...
Mike is doing well and better since on Adderall and getting batter grades.. Diet helps ADHD as well
Amanda is still looking for a job.. She has her insurance through the Welfare system here and she is now covered... I was so worried when she was taken off mine about her Asthma and Anxiety
Ashley and Thao just gt back from California where they are moving to next year with Thao's sister
they are learning CA is not cheap..LOL
Steve and I are good ... We love each other more than words can say .. I thank God and my Guardian Angels everyday for him --- I do not know many men after moving in and starting a life with a pre made family would give up their job to care for a MIL with these issues... He is awesome ...
Other than that family is good and weather is SNOW and more SNOW and then I think even more SNOW..
That is my update

Some New Goups > Blogs Etc. < CANADA >


OK off to do some facebooking and such... Come join me there : < just mention the Blog... >
Also Twitter :!/MichelleStephen > I will follow back



New Blog

She is having a very awesome giveaway !! Come and see..

Another New Site

Posting alot of blogs... Most you can go to and click follow and it is that easy .. !!

Good Morning

I am just getting started here today ... Sunday's are family days and the family is sleeping...LOL
Later we are going to run out and do a few errands and get some things needed ... Also waiting for the lovely Ground Hog Day snow storm... We jut got 12 inches and they want more... yippee!!... My DS will be going to school until July at this rare...LOL -- I hope everyone is safe and warm..
I will be posting links to my Yahoo groups... They are local but they are mine... Also I am surfing and facebooking so I will be adding more and more links
Have a Blessed Day !!
Michelle and Stephen

New Web Site I found

Another New Site