Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Oh, and they offer free home delivery via mail, too.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
four people, ten bucks, infinite possibilities. The meals she prepares are really good and very easy to make. She’s a mom so the meals are kid-friendly. She has some great tips to go along with her recipes.
The show is on at 12:30pm Sunday on the Food Network but I check out the website for the recipes & demonstrations.
Monday, January 25, 2010
More about Bananas HERE
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Moral of the story: Don't be shy to say when something doesn't ring up right. It pays off!
PS. It is our duty to speak up when we are undercharged as well. Be a good citizen friends.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
During February the city of Loveland is converting over to an All-in-one recycling cart. I have been on the pilot program for the past 6 months and really find it so convenient to mix all of the following in one large, covered bin.
- Aluminum and steel cans…rinse
- Metal paint and aerosol cans…ensure they are empty
- Plastic containers #1-7…remove caps/lids and rinse; no bags, food trays or Styrofoam
- Magazines and catalogs
- Office paper and direct mail…no shredded paper
- Paperboard…remove box liners and flatten
- Phone books and softbound books
- Corrugated cardboard…remove packing materials and flatten; cut down large pieces so they fit in cart
Do not put the following in your recycle bin, but you may drop them off at the recycling center:
Shredded paper, hardbound books and paper milk/juice cartons. To find out what other materials are accepted at the recycling center, click here.
Glass Recycling: We are encouraged to take our glass bottles and jars to one of six glass recycling drop-off centers in Loveland, rather than putting them in your blue cart. Click on Glass Recycling to learn more. I find the one at the West Eisenhower Wal-mart parking lot to be very convenient.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Four sizes of trash carts are available.
17-gallon cart: $2.75/month
32-gallon cart: $5.50/month
64-gallon cart: $11.00/month
96-gallon cart: $16.50/month
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Freecycle is a national organized effort to have a local free exchange of goods and keep usable items out of the public landfill. I have used this web based mailing list for about 5 years off and on. I have requested needed items and given away a lot. I especially love to give away things that are large and too much work for me to move. For instance: Last fall I gave away our trampoline to a family who was so excited to have it for their children. I have also given away a living room set that cats had clawed some of the corners. The mom who picked that up said she had never had a matching set before, and was thrilled that it would be the BEST furniture she had ever had. I did two good things that day, gave someone something they really needed and kept something else out of the landfill. Try it....you'll like it!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Also available: Styles, perms, color, waxing, hair extensions, manicures and pedicures. You can expect a quality haircut and personal services without the high-end cost of other salons.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
1. Have a container in your freezer that you can fill with those little bits of meat, gravy, veggies (include any liquid that you cook them in, it has a lot of nutrition), etc. When the container is full, use it to make a soup or stew. Start with a meat or vegetable stock, add the frozen mixture and then add whatever other ingredients you think it needs; potatoes, noodles, etc.
2. Blend up left-over ingredients or soup and add to ground meat to make a meatloaf. I like to add oatmeal or other hot cereal to my meat
3. Blend small amounts of vegetables together with a little vegetable broth to make a healthy juice.
4. What about the heals of bread that don’t make very nice sandwiches? Or the crumbled remains of crackers in the box? Blend them to make crumbs. Lots of recipes call for bread or cracker crumbs. You can add seasoning to them as needed (Parmesan cheese, herbs, etc.) They keep well in a zip lock bag in the freezer.
5. I don’t care for leftover macaroni & cheese or pizza reheated in the microwave. Heat what’s left in a frying pan.
6. What about composting those peelings, apple cores, egg shells, etc? I have never done any composting, does anyone have any experience?
These are just a few ideas, I’m sure you all have more. Please share your ideas with us!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
From time to time I will be sharing my favorite websites and blogs and then adding the link to Fru Gulley's page in the right margin. Feel free to send in your favorite websites that help you be frugal too!
I just love the recipes on A Veggie Venture! Since I eat 4 cups of veggies every day, I am always looking for new ways to use them. Check out their alphabetical veggie list to view tons of great recipes on the vegetable of your choice. To never miss a recipe you can sign up for "home delivery" of a new recipe from a Veggie Venture here. Once you do, new recipes will be delivered, automatically, straight to you email in box. You can access today's recipe, "Lasagna Soup with Fresh Spinach" by clicking this link.
Monday, January 11, 2010
A few months ago I quit the local newspaper and started reading the free online version. Did you know that you can post your own "News by You" including a picture. It's fun to do, and some are chosen to be featured for the printed version. Here is the link to online version of the Loveland Reporter Herald.
I have also posted all the major grocery store websites that have links to their weekly ad in the right hand margin of this blog. Both Sunflower and Sprouts Market have double ad day on Wednesdays. This means that you get the previous week's specials as well as the next week's. I am a big believer in shopping many stores and stocking up on their specials. Usually there are no limits, so it is a great time to buy extra for food storage. You may already know this but you can order a case of a sale item and ask for a rain check for the special price. This is helpful if you won't be able to pick your case up before the sale is over.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Sue, I went through the web site comparing mostly King Sooper prices to Alice.com prices. On a couple, I used Walmart. This is what I found. With the 17 items below, most were less on Alice. One was nearly half the price on another web site. The ones that were higher, weren't much higher. The net savings would be $11.84 on these items, if I bought all of them. There is free shipping, and it looks like they may not charge tax. I think I will place an order. It will be interesting to see if it's better than going out shopping. Doing my list took me a long time, but I was comparison pricing every item. I bet once you get your list set up, the next orders are easier. -Wendy
|Item||King Sooper||Alice.com||Save at Alice|
|Angelsoft toilet tissue dbl 6rolls||$4.99||$4.55||$0.44|
|Bounty select a size, 8rolls||$7.00||$8.41||-$1.41|
|Brawny select a size 8 rolls||$10.00||$8.72||$1.28|
|Cheerios 18 oz||$4.29||$3.50||$0.79|
|Coffee Mate 16 oz||$3.79||$2.87||$0.92|
|35 oz (18cents/oz matches Alice)||$6.49|
|Dawn original liq 24 oz||$2.00||$2.41||-$0.41|
|Energizer Max AA each||$0.78||$0.62||$0.16|
|Energizer Max AAA 8@||$10.88||$4.95||$5.93|
|Kleenex facial tissue 200, 3box||$6.79||$5.31||$1.48|
|Lipton tea bags (48 bags)||$2.99||$2.90||$0.09|
|Starbucks 12 oz ground||$9.69||$7.97||$1.72|
|Tide 2X original liquid 100 oz||$11.00||$11.82||-$0.82|
|20 Mule Team Borax 76oz||$4.99||$3.50||$0.49|
|Walker's Shortbread triangles||$4.99||$4.33||$0.66|
17 items net savings on Alice
|also no shipping, no tax, I think|
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
I don’t want to do a garage sale, so I have come up with another idea. Is anyone interested in participating in a SWAP? Anyone wanting to participate can bring whatever they want to get rid of and take whatever they want. You don’t have to bring stuff to take stuff. When we are all done, I will donate whatever is left to charity. I will host it later when I’ve had time to sort through all my collection. I’m giving you plenty of notice to start gathering the things that you want to get rid of. I’ll keep you updated as to my progress and when and where I plan to do the swap. I hope you’ll join in the fun! We might all get better organized and maybe even find a treasure or two!
Let me know if you might be interested.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
The phone service includes long distance calls within the U.S.A., voicemail, and email notification of voicemail (love this).
There are four caveats.
First, they are charging my bank card monthly for the $3 although I didn't give them permission to do so. WARNING, it may be difficult to terminate the service and get them to stop the monthly charges on the bank card.
Second, USER BEWARE; the interface is difficult to use, it is counter intuitive. It may take 2 weeks to make sense of it and one month before you can use it without thinking. If you don't consider yourself very computer savvy, do not attempt to use this service.
Third, IT FAILS SOME OF THE TIME. Usually the calls are crystal clear and work perfectly, but I experience problems about 3/week and they come in batches. Possible failures include answering the phone and it doesn't connect, making a call and it doesn't connect when the other party answers, echo that varies from mild to severe, and noticeable delay. I suggest we all report problems with any call so Skype can continue to improve the quality. It is easy to do. There is a call quality feedback button (button with a green symbol on the right) that brings up a list of problems; just select the applicable problem and submit.
Fourth, the ringer setting seems to reset itself sometimes. I set it to ring on the PC speakers, which it does for the day, then the next day it's only ringing on the headset. The only reliable way I've found to hear the ringer is to unplug the headset earphones plug. I'd love to hear from anyone who has solved this setup problem.
The website address is http://www.skype.com/welcomeback/ First, download Skype. Then subscribe for the outbound calls service and phone number service. Sue started using Skype yesterday. How is it going Sue?
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
You can download a Colorado application at: http://www.cdhs.state.co.us/LEAP/
Here is how it works:
LEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Colorado Department of Human Services and is designed to assist with your winter heating costs. The LEAP Program eligibility period runs from November 1st through April 30th.
LEAP is not intended to pay the entire cost of home heating. If you are applying for LEAP assistance you should continue to pay your home heating bill.
Eligibility Requirements - You may qualify for LEAP assistance if:
- You are a U.S. Citizen or a legal resident of Colorado
- You pay heating costs directly to an energy provider or you pay the cost of heating your home with your rent
- Your gross monthly household income falls within the guidelines set annually and posted November 1st of each year. "Household" means the people who live with you and for whom you as applicant are financially responsible. The maximum gross monthly income is based on 185% of the federal poverty level
Maximum Gross Monthly Income
Each additional person
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Let me share with you something that has helped me see the positive in every day. Place a notebook or journal by your bed. Before you go to sleep every night, write down at least three things that were good about your day. Then go to sleep being thankful for those things. Some days it might be hard to find three things, but they might be something as simple as "The sun shone" or "I didn’t trip and fall." I guarantee that you will find yourself looking for good things to write down and your list will grow. When you look for good, I promise you will find it!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
What is SHARE?
The goal of SHARE is to help families save about 50% on their groceries, while encouraging the building of relationships with their neighbors in the community. There are no qualifications...if you eat, you qualify.
Who can participate?
Any one from the affluent to those with struggling budgets can participate in SHARE. You see, even those who can afford to spend more for food are being good stewards with their money by simply being more frugal. What's more, the minimal profits in each share of food sold go to support this program and sometimes those who can't even afford to buy a share. And if you're really not interested in participating for whatever reason, we do take donations, and the donation for what we call a "sponsored share". That means your donation goes to buy food for a neighbor in your community that needs help.
What is Colorado Food Share? Click for full details
Online Order form Select Northern Colorado and choose pick up location of your choice
Friday, January 1, 2010
My daughter Allie has the initials ASK. Today she is coming home from a 5 month foreign exchange to Germany where she has had many opportunities to ask for help because of her disability. I have tried to teach her this: Believe that you are worthy to be a receiver of help, not just a giver. You actually help another person when you ask them to serve you. Crazy? No not really, by giving them the opportunity to do something you need, you are opening them to blessings that come from giving.
Try it if you don't believe me. I'd love to hear back...
Pic is my ASK - Allie Sue Kittel